Ty Walker lands in third at the Burton High Fives. (Rick Bower/USSA)
WANAKA, New Zealand (Aug. 17) – Fifteen-year-old Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) took third Friday at the season's first slopestyle contest, the Burton High Fives at Snow Park, New Zealand. The contest was set up in a jam style format that allowed for competitors to be scored on their best run out of a four. Walker, who struggled with nagging injuries last season, was able to ride to the podium with her first backside 700 in stacked competition of invited riders, most of whom are five to eight years her senior.
HIGHLIGHTS • Ty Walker took third at Burton High Fives slopestyle at Snow Park, New Zealand. • Walker landed her first backside 700 in competition. Her final run scored a 77 and consisted of a 50/50 lipslide, front 360 tailtap, frontside 360, backside 700 and a method. • It was a unique competition set up in a jam format that allowed for four runs for each rider. • Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi’s took first with New Zealand’s Christy Prior second. Rukajarvi and Prior are seven and eight years older than Walker. • Next up the Burton High Fives halfipe contest takes place August 18, followed by the FIS World Cup Aug. 25-26 at Cardrona, New Zealand.
QUOTES Ty Walker It was hard to get use to the course and being back on snow at first, but once I got warmed up I felt really comfortable. I am so happy I got to do well, it was a tough field of riders and the competition was throwing down some good tricks, like switch 5’s and 7’s. I am so glad I came down for this event, this is a great way to start my season.