STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's longest- standing snowboarding event ended today with Janna Meyen and Risto Mattila winning the slopestyle finals and young rippers Ellery Hollingsworth and Matthew Ladley earning junior jam titles. This year's US Open will definitely leave its mark on the snowboarding history books. Danny Kass became the first rider ever to win four US Open halfpipe titles. It was Tricia Byrnes' 16th consecutive year competing at the Open. Janna Meyen won her first US Open title since she won the women's halfpipe contest in 1991. And for the first time ever, three siblings -- Abe, Elijah and Hannah Teter -- all made it to the halfpipe finals. The weather also made its own history with bluebird skies and mild temperatures for all three days of final competitions -- a landmark event in itself for late March in Southern Vermont. The moment all the competitors were waiting for -- the announcement of the male and female Volvo winners -- was the grand finale of the Open. Risto Mattila won the men's Volvo Best Performance Award for his sixth place standing in the men's halfpipe finals and his victory in the slopestyle contest. And Leanne Pelosi won the Volvo for the ladies after her first place win in the rail jam, competing in the halfpipe semifinals and placing second in the slopestyle contest. Both riders won the keys to a new Volvo V50 Sports Wagon. Up-and-coming riders Danny Davis and Spencer O'Brien earned a new Ski- Doo Summit Adrenaline 600 snowmobile after clinching the Ski-Doo Outstanding Rookie Award. "This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to me," said Risto. "$20,000 and a car -- I can't believe it. I had high hopes when I came here, but I never thought I would win it ... it's just insane." Leanne was also super stoked on her win. "It's amazing to win the most prestigious event of the year. I just wanted to come here and do my best. My mom was here watching me, so she's my good luck charm now." In the final contest, the ladies kicked off the slopestyle event and each had two runs to try and win the title and $20,000. Most of the women struggled a bit in their first runs, but made up for it in their second runs. Slopestyle super star Janna Meyen stomped an impressive second run to take the title with a frontside 5, backside 5, Cab 3 and Cab 7. Her Cab 7 on the fourth hit also earned her the $5000 Tylenol Best Trick award, increasing her paycheck to $25,000 for the day. US Open rail jam champion Leanne Pelosi took second place and Natasza Zurek rounded out the slopestyle podium with a third place ranking. With a fully loaded lineup of seasoned pros and up-and-coming young riders, the men's slopestyle contest featured some of the best riding of the season. Finnish rider Risto Mattila stole the show with his switch backside 7, Cab 9, frontside 9, Cab 5 and a frontside boardslide on the flat ledge. Jussi Oksanen earned the second place spot on the podium as well as the $5000 Tylenol Best Trick Award with his switch backside 9 to Lein. And Andreas Wiig earned third place with a super solid second run that included a Cab 7, switch backside 9, backside 7 and frontside 5. While the big guns were competing in slopestyle, the future stars of snowboarding were throwing down in junior jam. Mini rippers who were thirteen- years-old and younger competed in the full-size US Open superpipe for a US Open title. This year's champions were Matthew Ladley and Ellery Hollingsworth. 2005 US OPEN FINAL RESULTS WOMEN'S RAIL JAM SoBe Sick Trick Award-$2,500 and a Motorola phone- Alexis Waite 1st - Leanne Pelosi - $10,000 2nd - Hana Beaman - $5,000 3rd - Spencer O'Brien - $2,000 4th - Marie-France Roy - $1,000 MEN'S RAIL JAM SoBe Sick Trick Award-$2,500 and a Motorola phone- Chris Rotax 1st - Eddie Wall - $10,000 2nd - Yale Cousino - $5,000 3rd - Jed Anderson - $2,000 4th - Sylvain Beauchesne - $1,000 WOMEN'S HALFPIPE RESULTS Nintendo DS Best Trick Award- $5000 and a Motorola phone-Torah Bright 1st - Gretchen Bleiler - $20,000 2nd -Torah Bright - $10,000 3rd - Hannah Teter - $5,000 4th - Tricia Byrnes - $2,000 5th - Junko Asazuma - $1,500 MEN'S HALFPIPE RESULTS Nintendo DS Best Trick Award- $5000 and a Motorola phone-Abe Teter 1st - Danny Kass - $20,000 2nd -Steve Fisher - $10,000 3rd - Antti Autti - $5,000 4th - Keir Dillon - $2,000 5th - Danny Davis - $1,500 WOMEN'S SLOPESTYLE RESULTS Tylenol Best Trick Award- $5000 and a Motorola phone - Janna Meyen 1st - Janna Meyen - $20,000 2nd - Leanne Pelosi - $10,000 3rd - Natasza Zurek - $5,000 4th - Jamie Macleod - $2,000 5th - Marie-France Roy - $1,500 MEN'S SLOPESTYLE RESULTS Tylenol Best Trick Award- $5000 and a Motorola phone - Jussi Oksanen 1st - Risto Mattila - $20,000 2nd - Jussi Oksanen - $10,000 3rd - Andreas Wiig - $5,000 4th - Scott Lago - $2,000 5th - Matt Dano - $1,500 GIRLS' JUNIOR JAM RESULTS 1st - Ellery Hollingsworth 2nd - Melina Shaw 3rd - Brook Shaw BOYS' JUNIOR JAM RESULTS 1st - Matthew Ladley 2nd - Spencer Shaw 3rd - Broc Waring VOLVO BEST PERFORMANCE AWARDS Risto Mattila -Volvo V50 Sports Wagon Leanne Pelosi - Volvo V50 Sports Wagon SKI-DOO OUTSTANDING ROOKIE AWARDS Danny Davis - Ski-Doo Summit Adrenaline 600 snowmobile Spencer O'Brien - Ski-Doo Summit Adrenaline 600 snowmobile To download print-quality photos from the event, visit: http://www.usopen-snowboarding.com/usopen05/Media.aspx and click on the 'Photos for Publishing' link. Enter the following to access hi-res images username: usopen05 password: strattonmountain For more information on the US Open Snowboarding Championships, visit http://www.opensnowboarding.com or contact: Nancy Carlson (949) 789-1814 Caroline Andrew (212) 528-1691 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org The Open Snowboarding Championships are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to global spectacles attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders' needs over the years. The Opens welcome all riders to compete, giving locals, amateurs and pros an equal shot at a world-class title. With events held in Europe, Japan, the United States and New Zealand, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe. Thanks to 2005 sponsors Burton Snowboards, Stratton Mountain, Motorola, Volvo, SoBe Beverages, Nintendo, GORE-TEX(R), FHM and Paul Mitchell for helping make the Open snowboarding's most anticipated event.
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