Mondavi wins big air eventMAMMOTH MOUNTAIN -The snow and wind didn’t let up and neither did the riders as Carlo Mondavi of Olympic Valley and Jaime Macleod of Andover, N. H., won the Yahoo! Sports Outdoors Big Air & Style exhibition Saturday at Mammoth Mountain.CBS will air coverage of the event Feb. 25 (check local listings).The exhibition featured a unique setup: a large hip jump into a quarterpipe. Regular foot riders hit the hip backside while goofy footers went frontside.Competitors that went big off the hip reaped the rewards of carrying speed into the small quarterpipe. If you didn’t launch high enough off the hip, you couldn’t carry speed through the flat section and into the quarterpipe.Mondavi, a relative unknown on the snowboard competition scene, won with a score of 27.9. JJ Thomas, who won the Yahoo! slopestyle exhibition at Okemo Mt., Vt., in December, took second with a 27.0 and U.S. Snowboard Team ripper Rob Kingwill of Wyoming was third with a 26.6.After trying to throw sevens off the hip and not being able to find his groove, Mondavi resorted to fives, which proved to be a good decision. His winning run consisted of an inverted cab five (underflip) over the hip into a crippler seven on the quarterpipe. Both hits were extremely big with super clean landings, enough to give Mondavi the $3,500 winners check.”This type of setup really shows an all-around rider with a big air and a quarter,” said Mondavi. “You have your top pipe boys out there ripping and when they come out and show they can rip the big jumps too, it’s great.”The Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix season concludes with the Grand Prix Finals/X Nix U.S. Snowboard Championships March 23-25 at Sunday River, Maine.- U.S. Snowboard Team News BureauSullivan takes third in seriesSnowbasin, Utah – Tahoe City’s Marco Sullivan took third in the inaugural running of the Olympic downhill course at the Chevy Truck Super Series in Snowbasin, Utah, Feb. 9. Scott Macartney of Washington and Benjamin Drummond of New Hampshire won first and second, respectively, in the event.Outdoor Life Network will air coverage of the Snowbasin Super Series March 22 (check local listings).”We came out today ready for two races but it is a lot better than not being prepared,” said Sullivan who had lead both downhill training runs last Thursday. “I had a few bobbles during my run today, I did OK and skied well, I just want to clean up some of my mistakes.”- U.S. Ski Team News BureauLocal musherplaces thirdKremminling, Colo. – International Sled Dog Racing Association musher Mike Callahan of Kings Beach took third place in the Adult 2 Dog Speed class at the Colorado Blue Ididarace Skijoring race Feb. 4 in Kremmling, Colo. Callahan finished the course with a total time of 32:56.For more information regarding Sled Dog Racing or this event, visit the Web site at http://www.isdra.org.You can e-mail Charles Levinson at: email@example.com
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A pair of Canadians swept the Spartan North American Championship this morning at Olympic Valley.