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Mammoth tricksters treat the crowd at the Grand Prix: Bretz, Mitrani in podium finish in halfpipe; Turski wins slopeside

March 9, 2012

Competitors came to Mammoth Mountain from all over the world to put their best talents to the test. Photo/Jesse Barlet

Mammoth’s homies came up big at last weekend’s Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.

Kaya Turski, to no one’s surprise, took first place in women’s ski slopestyle, while snowboarders Greg Bretz and Luke Mitrani finished second and third in the men’s halfpipe.
 
Mitrani also won Best Trick for his Double Michalchuck.
 
In spite of the fact that a lot of top talent travelled to Switzerland for the Burton European Open this weekend, the Grand Prix still drew competitors from around the world.
 
It was Mammoth’s 16th go-around for the event.
 
Skiers and boarders from Canada, Austria, Japan, China and Belarus were among the competitors.
 
Louie Vito won the snowboard halfpipe event ahead of Bretz and Mitrani, but no one could touch Turski in the women’s ski slopestyle competition. Nor could they touch Utah skier Tom Wallisch who won the men’s slopestyle competition, elevating him to become the winningest men’s slopestyle skier in history.
 
Turski, a Canadian who skis out of Mammoth, has an enthusiasm for her sport that has never waned. She was ebullient after her victory.
 
“My season so far has been great and I am extremely excited with how everything is going,” she said.
 
“A lot of girls really are stepping it up, so it’s cool to come out on top. It makes me proud.
 
“The course was really nice, I am proud to have Mammoth as my home mountain and it’s great that I can be here to represent.”
 
Wallisch, a Pittsburgh native and a student at the University of Utah, was just as happy as Turski—maybe more so.
 
“I couldn’t have asked for a better day today,” he said. 
 
“The course was smooth and the snow was soft, not to mention the park was sweet. It was an awesome and it sets a good precedent for the next events that we do leading up to Sochi in 2014. I can’t wait!”
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