Czeschin And Clark Win Breck Chevy Trucks U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix

Click here for Quicktime video of the Men’s Halfpipe finals.

Click here for Quicktime video of the Women’s Halfpipe finals.

Click here for Quicktime video men’s places four through six.

Tommy Czeschin and Kelly Clark owned the Breckenridge superpipe today, winning the fourth of five Grand Prix halfpipe events that determine who will wave the U.S. flag at the Olympics Games in February. Following behind Czeschin were Keir Dillon and JJ Thomas. On the women’s side, Aspen’s Gretchen Bleiler finished second, and Cara-Beth Burnside knocked Tricia Byrnes from the podium’s final step finishing third.

Living up to his moniker, Tommy “The Machine” grabbed the reins early in the best-of-two-run format, posting the highest score of the day in his first go at a perfect Breckenridge pipe. “The pipe was awesome. It started out slow because of the new snow, but it got faster by the time the contest started,” said Czeschin after the event, and after a handshake from Bjorn Leines who added, “It’s nice to see some style.” Despite a perfect ten in amplitude on both of his runs, crowd favorite Bjorn finished in tenth.

Bjorn and a handful of others, like runner-up Keir Dillon and the often unstoppable Dan Kass, have shown flashes of brilliance but failed to rule with the consistency of Czeschin. “A lot of riding, and not just in the pipe,” is what Czeschin–who also won yesterday’s qualifying event–attributes his performance to. Not only does this win inch Tommy closer to a slot on the Olympic halfpipe team, it also served as a sort of sweet redemption after he was robbed by judges at the Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, stop of the tour last Sunday (he ended up fourth). The winning run? Two lofty straights, Haakon flip, Cab seven, corked frontside nine, to backside five.Keir and JJ deserve their own paragraphs in this story. Contest typically don’t reflect how good these guys are. If you?ve seen them ride day in and day out, you know. Word on the street is that JJ is in negotiation with former pro skater Mike McGill for the trademark on the McTwist. Wonder Boy, Shaun White nailed his second run in a pipe that was much better suited to his style than Mt. Bachelor’s, where despite the added weight of the fiery locks he’s been growing out, the rabid 120-pounder just couldn’t muster the speed to boost. Today, Shaun added a fourth to his previous finishes of a third and fourth on the Grand Prix tour?a win on Sunday could still land him in Park City.

There’s no denying that seventeen-year-old Kelly Clark deserves the spot on the women’s Olympic pipe squad that she solidified today with her second Grand Prix win in a row. Amplitude throughout and a McTwist at the bottom put Kelly in front of Gretchen Bleiler, who threw the backside five she does so well, but chose not to do the crippler during her run after black-eying herself on the same trick in practice.

With one decisive event remaining, Ross Powers holds the only guaranteed spot on the men’s roster and Shannon Dunn and Kelly Clark own the rights to two of the three available women’s cards. The remaining quota spots (two men’s and one women’s) for the U.S. Olympic halfpipe squad will be determined by the fifth and final Grand Prix event on Sunday. We did our best to deduce, but it’s anyone’s game. Kass, White, Finch, Richards, Wynen, Dillon–place your bets now. For the women, it will most likely be Bleiler or Byrnes.

Complete results

1 TOMMY CZESCHIN, USA 45.9
2 KEIR DILLON, USA 45.1
3 JARRET THOMAS, USA 43.8
4 SHAUN WHITE, USA 32
5 DANIEL KASS, USA 41.2
6 ABRAM TETER, USA 40.9
7 ANDY FINCH, USA 40.7
8 ROSS POWERS, USA 36.7
9 LUKE WYNEN, USA 38
10 BJORN LEINES, USA 37.9
11 ERIK LEINES, J 7.2
12 THOMA JOHANSSON, SWE 22.9
13 CHRISTOP NELSON, USA 37.7
14 ROB KINGWILL, USA 36
15 TODD RICHARDS, USA 33.4
16 TYLER EMOND, USA 31.3
17 ELIJAH TETER, USA 27.7
18 JUSTI LAMOUREUX, CAN 23.2
19 NATHAN FARRELL, USA 25.3
20 TRAVIS RICE, USA 13.6
21 STEFAN KARLSSON, SWE 34
22 CHARLIE MORACE, USA 33.6
23 PATRICK MOORE, USA 15.7
24 JAMES BEACH, CAN 33.1
25 JOHN SOMMERS, USA 31.9
26 STEVEN FISHER, USA 17.7
27 ZACH HORWITZ, USA 17.1
28 GEORGE OAKLEY, USA 30.2
29 ADAM PETRASKA, USA 29.8
30 SETH WESCOTT, USA 23.2
31 BRENT MEYER, USA 19.9
32 MAGNUS STERNER, SWE 28.8
33 JIMI SCOTT, USA 28.5
34 IAN SPIRO, USA 28.2
35 LANE KNAACK, USA 22.2
36 DOUGLAS SMITH, CAN 28
37 JOHN ANDERSON, USA 23.7
38 ALEX SOROKEN, USA 25.3
39 KIRK SHORT, USA 23.1
40 SHAYNE POSPISIL, USA 23.6
41 SCOTT SHAW, CAN 23.8
42 JON THOMAS, USA 25.5
43 BRIAN BERGE, USA 21.5
44 JORDAN WELLS, USA 24.6
45 RAUL PINTO, USA 24.5
46 ERIC JACKSON, USA 24.2
47 MIC GOLDSCHMIDT, USA 23.7
48 GRANT GLENN, USA 22.5
49 ADAM PEARCE, F 3.1
50 GREG MAXWELL, USA 22.7
51 WYATT GLYNN, USA 19.4
52 COLTER DEUPREE, USA 22.4
53 DAVE BRUMM, USA 22
54 JAKE BLAUVELT, USA 22
55 KEVIN CASILLO, USA 21.3
56 DAVID KUBICKA, USA 21.5
57 RYAN HAMMETT, USA 21
58 STEPHEN MYERS, USA 20.8
58 USA CHRISTOP DNS
59 MATTHEW FORTUNA, USA 16.4
60 MATTHEW NERDAHL, USA 20.4
61 SHAUN AICHHOLZ, USA 14.7
62 JAMES BRUMFIELD, USA 20.2
63 ANDREW EHRNST, USA 20.2
64 NIK BATKO, USA 17.7
65 TYLER DAVIS, USA 19.2
66 ZACH SNOW, USA 15.6
67 KEENAN RICE, USA
68 CODY ROSENTHAL, USA 15.2
69 SCOTT LAGO, USA 18.9
70 JEREMY ADAM, USA 16
71 RYAN KNAPTON, USA 10.7
72 SPENCER TAMBLYN, USA 18.6
73 JOSE LOPEZ, MEX 18.2
74 DUSTIN WELLS, USA 7.9
75 ANDREW JOHNSON, USA 10.3
76 MATTHE O’CONNOR, USA 16.9
77 CHRIS PATTERSON, USA 16.3
78 EVERETT LONG, USA 13.3
79 JO ANSOLABEHERE, USA 7.8
80 USA TRAVIS 2.4 14.3
81 CHARL GULDEMOND, USA 14.1
82 KEVIN PEARCE, USA 11.8
83 ERIC SEIDLER, USA 13.6
84 RUSSEL FOGG, USA 9.8
85 USA GREG 2.1 12.6
86 MATTH GAWRONSKI, USA 12
86 FLO KYLE USA
87 DANIEL HAMMOND, USA 11.9
88 KOSKI, CARRIGAN USA 10
89 WADE WILLIAMS, USA 8.5
89 USA JOE DNS
90 RYAN STEPHANY, USA 8.9
91 LUKE TREMBATH, N 7.4
92 TYSON VOGEN, USA 6.9

Women
1 KELLY CLARK, USA 44.7
2 GRETCHE BLEILER, USA 38.9
3 CARA-B BURNSIDE, USA 36.9
4 TRICIA BYRNES, USA 34.7
5 BARRETT CHRISTY, USA 33.6
6 MICHELE TAGGART, USA 33.5
7 ANNA HELLMAN, SWE 32.3
8 AURELIE SAYRES, USA 29.9
9 TORAH BRIGHT, JA 27
10 AUTUMN ROSE, USA 26.7
11 ALISA MOKLER, USA 31
12 TARA ZWINK, USA 30.5
13 KIM STACEY, USA 29.7
14 HANNAH TETER, USA 27.1
15 JAIME MACLEOD, USA 26.9
16 JANA MANFREDI, USA 25.9
17 SARA PEHRSON, USA 23.6
18 JESSICA ZALUSKY, USA 22.6
19 LESLIE THOMPSON, USA 22
20 TIFFAN MARSHALL, USA 21.1
21 AMY JOHNSON, USA 20.4
22 LAUREN WHALLEY, USA 19.6
23 LESLIE GLENN, USA 18.9
24 KOSKI, CARRIGAN USA 18.5
25 AVERY MACKENZIE, USA 17.4
26 JESSICA HALL, USA 17.3
27 BRITTANY GILMAN, USA 15.1
28 CRYSTAL GLYNN, USA 14.8
29 CAMILLE SPOR, USA 14
30 JENNIFE VENEZIA, USA 13.6
31 LUCY MARCUS, USA 12.6
32 KIM KRAHULEC, USA 11.9
33 ROBIN WISH, USA 6.24