This press release just in from the crew behind Mile High:
The Mile High By Carlton Dry kicked off today in Perisher NSW and didn’t fail to disappoint. Boasting the largest and strongest international field of any snowboarding competition held in Australia, today’s action was all about cutting down the field size for tomorrow’s finals. With only 20 men to go through to the finals and 5 women the standard was amazing bringing out the best runs the field have been working on in build up to the sport’s introduction to the Winter Olympics is Sochi Russia.
With valuable world tour points and $20,000US up for grabs The Mile High by Carlton Dry has become one of the most important snowboarding events in the southern hemisphere.
Stand out male athletes were Billy Morgan of Great Britain and a small army of Norwegians led by one of the world’s biggest names in snowboarding Torstein Horgmo. Billy finished his winning run with a spectacular backside double corked 1260 and Torstein’s stand out trick of his top scoring run was the Front blunt 450 on the road block rail.
Australians didn’t fail to disappoint breaking into tomorrow’s finals representing well with Jess Rich, Lauren Staveley, Scotty James, Robbie Walker and Jye Kearney. All of the Australians who qualified are potential Australian representatives at the upcoming Olympics so well worth keeping an eye out for.
The highest level of progression in snowboarding right now is a new range of tricks known as the triple corks. Consisting of 3 inverted rotations (flips) and a minimum of 4 full rotations (spins) none of the varieties of triples has even been seen in Australia and are new to the sport only in the past 12 months.
The Mile High by Carlton Dry was being built up as the event that may get to first make the claim due to an international competitor line up of 10 of the world’s top 20 competitors and a depth of over 50 of the world’s best snowboarders. Within minutes of the day’s action kicking off, the Norwegian superstar Gjermund Braaten took the title of the first person to attempt a triple cork unfortunately not making it cleanly but determined to be the first person to land it in competition tomorrow morning.
Mens slopestyle qualification top 10
Billy Morgan (GB)
Torstein Horgmo (NOR)
Emil Andre Ulsletten (NOR)
Aleksander Ostreng (NOR)
Gjermund Braaten (NOR)
Stale Sandbech (NOR)
Sage Kotsenburg (US)
Chas Guldemond (US)
Tyler Nicholson (CAN)
Torgeir Bergrem (NOR)
Womens slopestyle qualification top 5
Brooke Voigt (CAN)
Silje Norendal (NOR)
Michelle Zeller (US)
Jess Rich (AUS)
Lauren Staveley (AUS)