I got a call this morning from a pro skier. He was asking my opinion about the US Open finals. His feeling is that it is awkward to have only 5 Pros for each final (Men’s & Women’s) but 16 BigDawgs. There is also the suspicion that there is more money for the BigDawgs than the Pro men slalom. I can not find the prize money breakout. I believe there is 40k total for the pros.
On the press release published yesterday it appears that the BigDawg final is the last event of the day. From what I can tell the scheduling thing is a misconception. I believe the order of events is as below.
October 24, 2015 Lake Ivanhoe
8:30 – 10:30 am Nautique Big Dawg Sweet 16 (run down to 8)
10:35 -11:35 am Nautique US Open Women and Men’s Trick Finals
11:40 – 12:40 pm Nautique Big Dawg Elite (run down to 4)
12:45 – 1:20 pm Nautique US Open Women’s Slalom Finals
1:25 – 2:10 pm Nautique Big Dawg Head to Head Finals
2:15 – 2:50 pm Nautique US Open Men’s Slalom Finals
2:55 – 4:25 pm Nautique US Open Women and Men’s Jump
The question is: is it a good thing or a bad thing that the BigDawgs and the Pros are skiing together at the US Open? Some think say it degrades the perception of the event and of the Pros. Some think it is just fun to see all these skiers at different levels skiing together. What do you think?
BigDawgs at the US Open Finals - a good thing or a bad thing? 82 votes
Having the BigDawgs at the US Open is a GOOD thing
Having the BigDawgs at the US Open is a BAD thing