Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Opens with Slopestyle Qualifiers
Eric Willett on the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle course at Copper Mountain. (Oliver Kraus/FIS)
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Jan. 9) – The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix opened its 17th season with slopestyle qualifiers at Copper Mountain today. The newly added Olympic sport of slopestyle snowboarding saw over 100 athletes from 37 countries at the first domestic FIS World Cup of the year and 5Star World Snowboard Tour event. Fan favorites Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) and Eric Willett (Breckenridge, CO) both made it to finals, that takes place on Friday. The weekend will be televised on both NBC and the NBC Sports Network, plus live coverage of halfpipe finals on the USSA Network.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix opened at Copper Mountain with slopestyle qualifiers, finals take place on Friday.
For the first time ever athletes are earning 5Star World Snowboard Tour points at an FIS World Cup event.