Friday marked the final day of slopestyle competition for the snowboarders here at Copper mountain with the men's and women's half pipe event set to take place Saturday morning.
149 halfpipe athletes and 194 slopestyle athletes made their way to Copper from over 37 countries to compete in the first North American Olympic Qualifier of the season and the first North American 5Star event on the World Snowboard Tour calender. Many athletes expressed their excitement that, for the first time, an event would gain them FIS points and World Snowboard Tour points at the same time, possibly easing the schedules of today's extremely busy professional snowboarders.
Athletes like Seppe Smits seemed no less than thrilled with the development, You can gain all your points for whatever you want to do, the Olympics, or to get a good ranking with TTR, you can combine both here. he explained. It's a perfect opportunity and I hope there will be more contests like this
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