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Burton U.S. Open Half-Pipe Excitement! Here’s the recap, in case you missed it.

U.S.A. women dominated the podium this year for the half pipe competition. Rider Kelly Clark take the number 1 position for a total of 8 first place finishes in her U.S. Open career. Chloe Kim took second and Arielle Gold took third. The 1080 degree spin was what got the wins. All three girls doing a variation that veteran Clark has made her competition standard. They had fun celebrating with sparkling cider, since youngest, Chloe Kim, is only 14 and Gold is a mere 18!

Photography: Katie Anderson

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The men had a different story with Japan claiming first (Taku Hiraoka) and third (Ayumuon Hirano) on the podium. French rider Arthur Longo took second.

Below Hirano is flying high.

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Below is first place finisher Taku Hiraoka putting down a super clean run.
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A packed house at the base of the pipe with great energy cheering on the Men’s riders. It didn’t hurt that the weather was perfect.

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The parents put the sweat in hauling up little cuties like the one below. So sweet. babyuso

I could have personally hung out with these ski club kids all day. Nothing like hearing them go “woah!” every time a rider flew over our heads.

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