STRATTON, Vt. (AP) Executing a series of near-flawless tricks, Shaun White captured his third consecutive halfpipe title Saturday at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.
A day after winning the slopestyle event, White, of Carlsbad, Calif., scored a 91 on his first run to edge up-and-comer Kevin Pearce, of Norwich, and Mason Aguirre, of Bishop, Minn.
Australian Torah Bright took top honors in the women's division with an 84.17, besting 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, of West Dover, who had a fall on one run and finished with a 79.33. Gretchen Bleiler, of Aspen, Colo., took third.
Bright also won the six-event Global Open Series, which culminated with the U.S. Open, and Peetu Piiroinen of Finland took the honor for the men by racking up the most points.
Hundreds of spectators turned out under bright blue skies, lining the course for the 26th annual event. The weather was in stark contrast to the wind gusts and bitter cold that plagued Friday's slopestyle competition.
Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas, of Norway, won the women's slopestyle competition.