Stale Sandbech wins men’s slope at Copper Grand Prix, Shaun White takes third [Gallery]

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It was a windy, flurry-ridden slope final this morning in Copper, as slope’s top men and women took turns dueling for a win. A strong run was tough to come by, as the weather slowly deteriorated.

Though White snapped up first place temporarily after breaking 90 with his first run, a fall in run two left him unable to respond to Sandbech and Horgmo’s strong second showings, relegating him to the final step of the podium.

As round 2 commenced, Stale Sandbech came out with a vengeance, making up for the 14.75 he earned with his first run by stomping an insane cab 1440 and snapping up a 97.00 and the win.

White’s third place finish fulfilled the objective criteria for Olympic qualification, and it also earned him the highest U.S. result thus far in the qualification series, with three competitions still to come in January. After today, White now has the FIS World Cup points needed to be eligible to compete in the Olympic slopestyle contest.

Full Results:

1. Stale Sandbech
2. Torstein Horgmo
3. Shaun White
4. Emil Andre Ulsletten
5. Chas Guldemond
6. Sven Thorgren
7. Ryan Stassel