Kelly Clark sets the standard at the O'Neill Evolution 2011 Women's Halfpipe semi-finals
WHERE: Davos, Switzerland
WHEN: January 2 – 8, 2011
WHAT: MEN – Halfpipe 6Star, Slopestyle 6Star
WOMEN – Halfpipe 6Star, Slopestyle 6Star
Davos, Switzerland. 5 January 2011 – The business end of the O'Neill Evolution 2011 got underway today with the women's Halfpipe semi-finals in which 2002 Olympic Gold medalist Kelly Clark stole the show.
To a cheering crowd gathered at the base of the Jakobshorn, the 27 year old American pulled out a score of 89.05 on her second run with a huge FS Air, BS540, FS 720 and a Cab 7.
"I am doing the TTR this year so I thought Evolution would be a great event to come to before going to Laax," said Kelly.
"I also have some good friends here as well so it's been good to come here to see them," she said. And everyone could definitely hear them as they cheered her every trick – and much deserved cheering it was.
"The halfpipe is shorter than what I am used to, but it's really good," said Kelly. "The important thing about the semis is to qualify for the finals. Now I'm in the finals I will for sure try more."
In addition to the Women's semi-finals, the Jakbshorn Halfpipe also played host to the Men's qualification heats at this 6Star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event.
It was two Swiss riders who came out top of both qualification rounds – Jan Scherrer from the first and Patrick Burgener from the second.
But also making a huge impact in the qualifications was the young American rider, Scott Moline. "It's amazing here so far," said Scott. "Today I just did a Crippler 7, Cab 7, Front 5 and Back 5. I kinda want to put in a front 10 or maybe a front 9. But I want to stay going big," he said.
"It helps that they judge amplitude because in pipe it's a lot harder to go big and do tricks then go small and do technical tricks," said Scott.
The 17-year-old from Wisconsin will also be one to watch in the Slopestyle qualifications tomorrow. "When I first saw the jump I was like, woah, it's massive! But today we were just spinning and having fun and with Max Henault helpign me I learnt how to do a backside Double Cork 10. That's amazing!" said Scott.
"This jump helps with progression of the sport so much," he said. "If it's a good day, you can practice your run and practice new tricks. I can't wait. It's going to be so much fun."
MEN'S SLOPESTYLE QUALIFICAITONS TOMORROW JAN 6th
09:10 09:30 Traning SS Men Qualification Heat 1
09:30 11:30 SS Men Qualification Heat 1
11:30 11:50 Traning SS Men Qualification Heat 2
11:50 13:50 SS Men Qualification Heat 2
13:50 14:10 Traning SS Men Qualification Heat 3
14:10 16:10 SS Men Qualification Heat 3
RESULTS: HALFPIPE FINALISTS WOMEN
1. Kelly Clark USA
2. Kjersti Østgaard Buaas NOR
3. Ursina Haller SUI
4. Anne-Sophie Pellissier FRA
5. Mirabelle Thovex FRA
6. Cilka Sadar SLO
7. Linn Haug NOR
8. Paulina Ligocka-Andrzejewska POL
9. Nadja Purtschert SUI
10. Clémence Grimal FRA
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Sun 02 Jan: Training
Mon 03 Jan: Training. HP Qualification women
Tues 04 Jan: Training. SS Qualification women
Wed 05 Jan: HP Qualification men. HP SEMI FINALS women
Thurs 06 Jan: SS Qualification men
Fri 07 Jan: Halfpipe FINALS.
Sat 08 Jan: Slopestyle FINALS
FACTS & FIGURES
Dates: 02 – 08 January 2010
Location: Bolgen, Jakobshorn, Davos, Switzerland
Rating: 6Star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour
Prizemoney: US$ 125.000
Formats: Men 6Star Halfpipe & 6Star Slopestyle
Women 6Star Halfpipe & 6Star Slopestyle
Riders: Open qualifications with 120 spots max per contest
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