Monster Energy congratulates snowboarders Chloe Kim and Ayumu Hirano for their victorious runs at the Burton US Open of Snowboarding this weekend. In the first contest since the Olympics, Kim took the victory in Women’s Halfpipe and Hirano in Men’s Halfpipe. Teammate Jamie Anderson won Women’s Slopestyle by default.
Widely considered by riders to be the premier event of the season, the US Open went off for the 36th consecutive year making it the longest running contest in the history of snowboarding. As a contest that was created for snowboarders by snowboarders, “The US Open” is an historic event and generally marks the end of competition season in pro snowboarding — and what a year it was for Hirano, Kim and Anderson.
In recent weeks Kim has evolved from a famous snowboarder to a household name due in part to her gold medal win at the Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang. Kim solidified her astonishing season with a convincing win in halfpipe. In a run that saw a method followed by a frontside 1080 double cork, a cab 720 Indy, a frontside 900 tail grab and a McTwist, she earned a 85.87 on her final and ultimately, winning run.
Notably missing was the back-to-back 1080s that she has so famously put together, but the conditions were tough this weekend. With the sun hiding behind clouds and gusty winds she decided it wasn’t the best call to go for it.