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Willett, Rukajärvi win U.S. Open Slope

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Finnish snowboarder Enni Rukajärvi won this morning's women's slopestyle finals at the Burton U.S. Open in an upset over 2011 Swatch TTR World Tour champion Jamie Anderson.

"It's good if someone can beat Jamie sometimes," jokes Rukajärvi, who also beat out Anderson at Winter X Games 15. "She's been winning too much."

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Rukajärvi's winning run included 50-50s on the top rail sections, a frontside 360, and a backside 540 to Cab 540 combo on the last two jumps.

"I think that now that the jumps are bigger in the contests it's pushing the girls more and we're seeing better riding," Rukajärvi says. "At every contest I see somebody do something I've never seen them do before and you realize you have to keep progressing to keep up."

Anderson finished in second, sharing the podium with Rukajärvi and Norwegian rider Silje Norendal.

"It feels great," says Anderson, whose TTR wins this season include the Burton New Zealand Open, O'Neill Evolution, Burton European Open, Burton Canadian Open, the Oakley Arctic Challenge, and the overall TTR World Champion title, along with the 2011 Dew Cup. "I'm so stoked on TTR and the Dew Cup. I've worked really hard this year and traveled to so many events, and it feels good to have done well in a lot of them. I'm looking forward to European X Games to finish off the season, hopefully with another win."

The icy rain that plagued the women's competition let up a bit for the men's finals, making way for a big showdown between Eric Willett, Mark McMorris, and Chas Guldemond.

Willett came out on top, working the rail section and blasting a switch Cab 900, frontside 900, and switch backside double cork 1080 in the jumps in his second of three runs to beat out Mark McMorris.

"It's crazy that you see double corks in qualifiers now and multiple doubles in semi-finals," says Willett. "And then you never know what you're gonna see in finals. I was stoked to be able to put down the run I wanted. We've all been traveling together since December, all over the world. We give each other high fives before our runs, and to be on the podium with my friends is awesome."

McMorris, 17, has been getting the celebrity treatment here at Stratton Mountain in his third year at the U.S. Open after video of his triple cork 1440 at Snowmass went viral online earlier this week.

"All of my success this season has been totally unexpected and kind of overwhelming," says the Canadian rider. "I'm just trying to stay healthy and safe and enjoy it for what it is. I just love this event because it was the first pro event I ever made a final in, so to be here for the third year and be standing on the podium means a lot."

Peetu Piiroinen missed the cut for finals this week but still finishes the 2011 TTR World Tour in first place, his third TTR title in a row.

Watch the event live at metacafe.com -- times below in Eastern Standard:
--Saturday, halfpipe finals: Women 10 - 11 a.m., Men 1 - 2:30 p.m.

A highlights show will be broadcast on ESPN2 on March 13 at 4:30 p.m.

U.S. Open Men's Slopestyle Final Results

U.S. Open Women's Slopestyle Final Results