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Eagle Co. riders blaze way into finals at U.S. Open

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyEdwards resident and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail rider Broc Waring does a japan grab earlier this season in Keystone. Waring, who is a rookier rider on the U.S. Snowboarding Team, was ninth at the U.S. Open Saturday.

STRATTON, Vt. Of the 16 riders in Saturdays halfpipe finals at the U.S. Open Championships in Stratton, Vt., only two had to be on top of their game since Tuesdays prequalifier.Edwards rider Broc Waring was one of those two.My friend Ross (Baker) and I were the only ones, said Waring, the U.S. Snowboaring Team Rookie Rider who ended up ninth in Saturdays final. It was good making the finals.Waring was second in his heat at Tuesdays prequalifier, then took third later in the day at the qualifier. After plenty of practice and anticipation, Waring delivered on his first semifinal run Saturday and just made the cutoff to qualify for the finals.A spot in the finals wasnt enough for Waring. On his first run Saturday afternoon, Waring had a solid pass of a frontside 900, backside 900, frontside 720, Cab 720 with a Japan grab and a big straight air with an Indy grab.

Waring attempted a 1080 on his next run and crashed hard on his back. Unfazed, Waring came back and improved upon his first run to move back into ninth.It felt good. It was a pretty gnarly field, Waring said. My coach was super pumped. I was happy I made it as far as I did and landed some runs.Shaun White won the halfpipe competition his second in as many years along with Fridays slopestyle contest, while Mason Aguirre was second and Kevin Pearce was third.On the womens side, Minturns Clair Bidez took seventh. Bidez, who has had a strong second half of the season, placed sixth in the semifinals. Torah Bright won the event, with Kelly Clark in second and Gretchen Bleiler in third.NBC will be airing the U.S. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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