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24th Annual US Open should be a blast! February 28, 2006

US Open

BURLINGTON, VT (February 27, 2006) - Top quarterpipe, halfpipe and slopestyle riders from around the globe are gearing up for the world’s most prestigious snowboard contest, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships held at Stratton Mountain, Vermont from March 13-19. Run by snowboarders, for snowboarders for over 24 years, the Open is the one of the highlights of the competitive season for up-and-coming riders and icons like Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Danny Kass, Gretchen Bleiler, Travis Rice and Natasza Zurek. NBC will air the Burton US Open on April 15, 2006 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. EST.

“I want to go to the US Open this year ’cause I always have a lot of fun and get to see all my friends,” says 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White. “Plus, I really want to do well and win it this year. It is one of the only contests I haven’t won. And besides Jake owes me like $20 bucks - for real!”

Jake Burton, Founder and Chairman of Burton had this to say about the Open: “We are all looking forward to watching the world’s best riders compete in a laid back atmosphere that says what this sport is all about. Shaun will get his $20, and if he continues to ride the way he’s been riding, he’ll get a whole lot more.”

Watching Shaun go after his first US Open Championship title against four-time US Open Halfpipe Champion and two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Danny Kass will definitely be a highlight of the Open. Native Vermonter and 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter will also go after her first US Open halfpipe contest victory. Here are a few more reasons why this year’s Open promises to be the best in the event’s 24-year history.

On Friday March 17th, the invite-only quarterpipe contest will return to Stratton’s main base area with Travis Rice, Danny Kass, Pat Moore, Keir Dillon, Torah Bright, Leanne Pelosi, Alexis Waite and Junko Asazuma riding to jaw-dropping heights on the quarterpipe’s 30-foot hand-dug walls. Saturday’s halfpipe finals will draw tens of thousands of fans to watch eight current and past Olympic halfpipe medalists including Shaun White, Danny Kass, Markku Koski, Ross Powers, Gian Simmen, Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark compete in the largest halfpipe in US Open history. Twenty-two-foot walls and a deck that’s higher than the chairlift that runs beside it will allow riders to go bigger than ever. On Sunday, the mini-shreds will try their luck in the gigantic halfpipe during the Junior Jam contest for kids 13-years-old and under. And it all wraps up with the slopestyle contest where superstars like Shaun White, Travis Rice, Risto Mattila, Todd Richards, Natasza Zurek and Tara Dakides will duke it out for Open glory.

The US Open is also part of the Ticket to Ride (TTR) Pro Snowboard series that ranks snowboarders around the world according to their performance at TTR events. New this year, the Global TTR Tour Champion will be crowned at the US Open, which is the final event in the series.

Free to the public and open to top pros and amateurs alike, the US Open is your chance to witness the most progressive snowboarding in the world. So head to Stratton Mountain, Vermont March 17-19 to see snowboarding history in the making.

For more information on the US Open Snowboarding Championships, go to www.opensnowboarding.com or call Burton Rider Services at 800-881-3138.

They are on a world tour with mic in their hands…… February 21, 2006

Shaun White and Hannah Teter are continuing to bask in the tomato not in flight media spotlight after their gold medal wins. Check out the shows below: (source: #31 Cingular Wireless Chevy Jeff Burton)

Tuesday 2.21
Free FM “David Lee Roth Show” - 7:00 am Shaun live interview
“Martha” - 11:00 am Hannah interview and granola making with Teter family Syrup
“Fox News Live” - 1:30 pm
Hannah live appearance and interview
AOL Sports Radio - 3:00 pm Shaun interview
MSNBC “The Situation with Tucker Carlson” - Between 4:30 and 5:00 pm Hannah on live NBC
“Olympic Zone with Jane Hanson” - 7:00 pm Shaun interview
ESPN Classic “Now” - 7:00 pm Shaun interview to air
Fox Sports Radio - 7:30 pm Shaun interview

Wednesday 2.22
“Fox and Friends” - 7:30 am Hannah interview live
“Martha” - 11:00 am Shaun interview on Martha MTV
“TRL” - 3:30 pm Shaun and Hannah live walk-on

Thursday 2.23
“Tonight Show with Jay Leno” - Hannah appearance - confirmation and details coming soon

You Go Girl: LJ and the Silver Medal February 20, 2006

Is this not a reasonable place to throw a method?Friday was not a good day. We had to spend the day reading copy from marginally talented basketball and football writers who were all predictably hating on Lindsey Jacobellis. Then later that night at the bar, while watching NBC’s coverage, we had to field obvious questions from an obnoxious barmaid like “Ohmygod… did she just fall!?” and “Was she, like, trying to do a trick?”

Later, we sat and watched in horror as Jimmy Roberts and Bob Costas, hereby known as the Two Assholes In NeckTies, or TAINTs, sat there and soberly dissed Lindsey for bailing at the end of the boardercross due her botched method air attempt.

We have a couple of things to say to Roberts, Costas, and all the other Taints in the world:

Fuck you.

Seriously, fuck off. Fucking Taints like you everywhere are never going to be able to understand the fundamental premise of snowboarding. Snowboarding is about two things: freedom and fun. Those of us who have been in this sport for a while signed up because it is an alternative way to enjoy the winter outdoors without dealing with the rigorous structure of skiing.

Snow Angels, bitches.We like innovating and progressing, but we don’t like practicing. We like to compete, but don’t care as much about winning, as long as we look good. We don’t like the idea of riding like everyone else or looking like everyone else. We chose snowboarding because we are different and we want to express ourselves as such. In doing so, sometimes we fall.

So, when some Taint, who has obviously never crushed a powder turn in his life, tries to claim that Lindsey made a big mistake on Friday night, we are pissed. The simple fact is that throwing down that method air was just about the only reasonable thing for a snowboarder to do under the circumstances. She’s out riding in a race where she is killing the competition and she rolls over the showtime booter surrounded by a huge screaming audience. Obviously, a tweaked out method air is in order. Even a backside 3 would have been legitimate.

The only mistake she made was not stomping the landing. As a veteran freestyler, Lindsey should have landed it clean, and probably would have 99 out of 100 times in the same situation.

But, shit happens, and one thing is pretty certain: There was no error on her part in throwing that method, and we would go out freeriding with Lindsey any day, in any conditions. You rock homegirl — thanks for properly representing and putting on such a great show.

Wescott Offense February 17, 2006

The ChugachLast nights coverage of the snowboard cross competition was so amazing that we are still shaking.  It had all of the right components of an epic athletic contest:  danger, speed, random misfortune, betrayal,  evil strategery, and TRIUMPH. 

Bob Costas seems like he is finally starting to understand the sport, and NBC opted for action over melodrama in the obligatory athlete background segment, which featured Seth Wescott ripping across the sunny, rugged, powder laden Chugach mountains of Alaska, set to a medley of these live Pearl Jam cuts:  Man of the Hour, Corduroy, Immortality > Breath > Man of the Hour.  Hell yeah, NBC!

America! Fuck Yeah!If you missed the coverage of the men’s SBX, you missed a bit of history — Wescott’s maneuvering in the final heat was part Jeff Burton, part Tony Hawk, and part Napoleon Bonaparte; his charge to the gold medal was an unwavering cry of freedom.  Put your work aside today, and join us on NBC’s Olympic web site where you can watch the men’s SBX contest over and over again.

The women’s SBX will be shown during tonight’s primetime coverage, for those of you who didn’t stay up until 6 AM to see the live broadcast.  Of course, if you happen to be reading anything else on the Internet besides the GR, you already know what happens, but we still think it will be a good show.

Time to floss the bling

Hannah with the Gold

Here is a rundown of the gold medal Olympians Shaun and Hannah upcoming TV appearances. Props to our buddies at the company that shares the same name as the starting ride in the Daytona 500 this Sunday!

Friday 2.17

“CBS Early Show” – Hannah scheduled to be interviewed live in the 8:00 am hour
“CNN American Morning” – Hannah set to appear live in the 9:00 am hour

“ET on MTV” – “Day in the life of” piece on Shaun set to air (also re-airs on Saturday). This is an “Entertainment Tonight” spin-off that airs on MTV.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – Shaun set to appear

Monday 2.20

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – Shaun set to appear

Tuesday 2.21

“Martha” – Hannah schedule to appear live with Martha. They’ll do something with syrup.

Saturday 2.25

MTV “TRL Awards” –Hannah scheduled to be a presenter. Show tapes on 2.21 (subject to change to TRL appearance on 2.22)

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