BURLINGTON, Vt. and LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Burton Snowboards and FOX Sports are pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI will air live on FOX Sports 2 on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 2014. As the longest-running premier snowboard contest in the world, the Burton US Open has five hours of live coverage on the network featuring the world's best men's and women's snowboarders competing in both halfpipe and slopestyle events at Vail Mountain in Vail, Colorado.
The deal is part of a larger partnership between Burton Snowboards and FOX Sports, with additional coverage of Burton's iconic Global Event Series on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks throughout the year, including the Burton US Open Snowboarding Qualifiers, Burton European Open, Burton Rail Days, Burton High Fives and more.
The action kicks off live on FOX Sports 2 on Friday, March 7 (1:30 PM ET) with the one-hour Women's Slopestyle Finals taking place on a custom built course at Vail's Golden Peak, followed by the two-hour live Men's Slopestyle Finals (4:00 PM ET) on the same course. Veteran snowboard TV host Preston Strout calls the play-by-play, while Tom Monterosso, Snowboarder Magazine Editor, provides analysis from the booth.
The competition then moves to Vail's Olympic size 22' halfpipe on Saturday, March 8 (4:00 PM ET) for the two-hour live Men's Halfpipe Finals. Coverage continues with the Women's Halfpipe Finals at 6:00 PM ET (delayed). There will also be multiple airings of the US Open Snowboarding Championships programming on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks featuring a US Open Halfpipe Highlights Show, Slopestyle Highlights Show and US Open Lifestyle Show.
Past Burton US Open Snowboarding Champions include a who's who list of household names, world champions and legends, such as Terje Haakonsen (four-time US Open men's halfpipe champion) Danny Kass (five-time US Open men's halfpipe champion), Shaun White (five-time US Open men's halfpipe champion and three-time men's slopestyle champion), Kelly Clark (six-time US Open women's halfpipe champion), Jamie Anderson (three-time US Open women's slopestyle champion), Todd Richards (two-time US Open halfpipe champion) and many more.
This year's US Open television production features an Emmy-nominated graphics package developed by TTR Pro Snowboarding for the World Snowboard Tour. Action on the slopes will be captured by a special cable camera from Germany providing unique angles for the television broadcast.
FOX Sports 2 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships TV Schedule
Thursday, February 27 (7:30 PM ET): Burton US Open Qualifiers (delayed)
Friday, March 7 (1:30 PM ET): Women's Slopestyle Finals (Live)
Friday, March 7 (4:00 PM ET): Men's Slopestyle Finals (Live)
Saturday, March 8 (4:00 PM ET): Men's Halfpipe Finals (Live)
Saturday, March 8 (6:00 PM ET): Women's Halfpipe Finals (delayed)
Rider start lists will be announced prior to the event. For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of invited competitors, follow #BurtonUSOpen and head to www.Burton.com/USO.
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About the Burton US Open
The world's best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 32nd edition of the Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Garmin, Nokia, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked® granola, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon, Analog and the World Snowboard Tour.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.