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"I was pretty stoked on what I did," he said. "I knew going into that last run that I could only improve... but as soon as I knuckled (hit the top of the transition) on my second jump I knew that was pretty much it. I was pushing for first, but I'm stoked I got second."
Like Parrot, Willett is a member of the U.S. team and already has a full summer of training ahead of him to prepare for the 2014 Winter Games.
"I just got my schedule for the summer, and yeah, it's pretty busy," said Willett. "My goal is to stay on my snowboard as much as possible so I can go into next season still feeling comfortable instead of trying to get all those pre-season bumps out of the way."
For Nicholson, the event was a milestone in his young career.
"I'm so stoked to be on a podium with Eric Willett, I've looked up to that dude since I was the littlest guy in the park," he said. "From the first time I saw him in competition I wanted to be on a podium with him. I just didn't think it would be today."
Nicholson's goal is to one day make the national team, and he said a podium at Shred Show is a big stepping stone.
"That would be rad," he said. "To be up there with guys like Mark (McMorris) and Seb (Toutant) would be sick, but I'm going to keep working on it. This course was definitely one of the biggest, best slopestyle courses I've ever done, so I'm pretty happy with my result."
The only local rider to make the final was Jon Versteeg, who placed ninth overall.
Versteed takes Boarderstyle
While The Shred Show slopestyle and big air were five-star World Snowboard Tour events with $25,000 prize purses, the snowboard component of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival also included the third annual Boarderstyle competition, a snowboardcross event with a few slopestyle additions including rails and a big final air that riders had to spin over to win.
The conditions were horrible with thick fog and the occasional blizzard intruding, but Jon Versteeg persevered to take first place overall, followed by Kevin Sansalone, Myrohsa Daley and Martin Jaureguialzo.
Athletes got to see the judging component in action with Travis Williams crossing the finish line first his semi-final heat, but not advancing to the finals after Sansalone and Daley pulled ahead with better tricks on the final air.
There were no cash prizes available, but the Monster Crown was up for grabs, as well as other prizes.
A video is available on YouTube.com.