Greg Bretz grabbed the top spot during snowboard halfpipe qualifiers at the 2016 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Thursday in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images-Tom Pennington)
Park City, UT (Feb. 4, 2016) – The U.S. qualified eight snowboarders to the finals of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Park City on Thursday, with Chloe Kim (La Palma, CA) earning the top spot for the women. The American men claimed the top four qualification spots, with Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, CA) leading the way in the No. 1 spot.
Kim, who is fresh off a gold-medal performance at the X Games Aspen, rode cleanly with big amplitude to top the field. Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, CA), Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) and Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, C) also qualified for the finals, finishing second, fourth and fifth respectively.
Matt Ladley qualified second in the snowboard halfpipe at the 2016 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Thursday in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images-Tom Pennington)
For the men, Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO), who also won gold in SuperPipe at the X Games in Aspen, qualified in second. Jake Pates (Eagle, CO) was third and Brett Esser (Breckenridge, CO) was fourth.
Men’s and women’s halfpipe finals are scheduled to be contested Saturday, Feb. 6, at noon (MST).
EVENT SCHEDULE (times MST) Feb. 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe finals Feb. 6, 12:00-1:30 p.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe finals
Live Streaming Schedule (times EST) Feb. 5, 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe finals, Park City – LIVE – NBC Sports Live Extra Feb. 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe finals, Park City – LIVE – NBC Sports
Live Extra TV Schedule (times EST) Feb. 13, 4:00 p.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBC Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBC Feb. 17, 12:30 a.m. – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBCSN Feb. 17, 1:30 a.m. – U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe, Park City – NBCSN
Chloe Kim qualified in first. Her second run scored a 94.25: Switch method, Cab 540, switch backside 360, McTwist, frontside 720
Greg Bretz qualified in first. His first run scored a 90.00: Frontside double 1080, Cab 1080, frontside 900, backside 540, frontside 1080
Greg Bretz Today has been really good. I’m just coming off an injury - it’s only been about a week and a half. So my goal today was to come up here, take two practice runs and hopefully put down my first run and score high, maybe skip the second run to try to save my knee for finals.