Vanular, Eliassen win U.S. Freeskiing Open Slopestyle

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USFO Grete Eliassen

Seventeen-year-old Corey Vanular continued his impressive swing up the freeskiing ranks yesterday with a win in the 2006 U.S. Freeskiing Open slopestyle competition. Beating out field of 105 that included X Games medalists Charles Gagnier, Jon Olsson, and Simon Dumont, Vanular will compete in X Game X in Aspen, Colorado, next weekend.

On the women's side, Eilassen notched her second-consecutive slopestyle victory, pulling huge, technical tricks off the course's three big booters on the bottom of the course. Vail's own Claudia Bouvier finished fourth, behind Sarah Burke and up-and-comer Michelle Parker. With 30 women signing up to compete, it marked the first-ever year that the female slopestyle event required a qualifying round.

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usfreeskiingopen.com

RESULTS
SLOPESTYLE
Mens
1 Corey Vanular
2 Sammy Carlson
3 Jon Olsson
4 Peter Olenick
5 AJ Burton
6 TJ Schiller
6 Simon Dumont
8 Derek Spong
9 Matt Philipi
10 Charles Gagnier

WOMEN
1 Grete Eliassen
2 Sarah Burke
3 Michelle Parker
4 Claudia Bouvier
5 Natalie Sirianni
6 Whitney Wickes
7 Megan Olenick
8 Vanessa Coletta
9 Mille Windfeldt
10 Shawndrea Wisma


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