Kiwi boarder’s top run at Burton Open finals in Cardrona

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Kiwi snowboarder Shelley Gotlieb has taken out second place at the prestigious Burton New Zealand Open slopestyle final. 

The Ohakune-based Gotlieb yesterday (Friday) was second to American rider Jamie Anderson who won the event at Cardrona near Queenstown for the third straight year. 

Anderson says she can’t believe she’s won three on the trot. 

“I love the Burton Opens and winning this event three times in a row is amazing, so I’m ecstatic and so stoked to start off the year with a good result.” 

Jamie’s winning run consisted of a boardslide-to-tailpress on the down bar, a frontside 180 out on the up box, switch backside 180 mute, backside 360 mute, and a backside 180 mute. 

Norway’s Kjersti Buuas was third. 

Switzerland’s Christian Haller won the men’s slopestyle, putting it all together in his second run to score 80.84 points – with a backside lipslide on the down-flat-down bar, tailslide on the gap to flat box, switch backside 720, Cab 900, frontside 720 tailgrab. 

He squeezed past tour leader Gjermund Braaten and the 2010 US Open slopestyle winner Mikkel Bang was third. 

Both Anderson and Haller picked up $6000 each for their wins. 

The event halfpipe semis and finals are today (Saturday).