Laurie Blouin crowned Slopestyle World Champion in Spain
Canada Snowboard – Vancouver, BC – Laurie Blouin (Stoneham, QC) made history on Saturday morning and claimed Canada’s first gold medal of the 2017 Sierra Nevada World Championships. Despite some challenging course conditions, the Stoneham native stomped her second run to score a 78.00 and lay claim to the title of World Champion. Zoe Sadowski Synnott (NZL) and Japan’s Miyabi Onitsuka rounded off the women’s podium.
“I’m pretty happy, It’s been just an incredible week here” said an ecstatic and humble Blouin after her victory. “I didn’t expect it, you don’t want to be too sure of yourself. But I worked so hard, and that just proved to me that the work that I did was worth it.”
Blouin wowed the judges with a series of solid jumps, including a cab double underflip and finished things off on the rails with a frontside 50-50 180 out.
This is Blouin’s best ever career result after she took second earlier this year at a Slopestyle World Cup in Seiser Alm, Italy.
Francis Jobin (Lac Beauport, QC) was the top male Canadian in 11th place.
McMorris and Parrot Top the Big Air Podium at X Games Norway
Canadian riders seem to be enjoying their trip to Europe as Mark McMorris (Regina, SK) capped off his season with a gold medal at X Games Norway on Saturday night. Max Parrot (Bromont, QC) finished off his impressive season in Big Air with another podium performance, taking the second place behind McMorris. Norway’s Torgeir Bergrem rounded off the podium in third.
Oslo played host to yet another duel between the Canadian riders, a single point separating McMorris and Parrot from 1st and 2nd. With barely a couple of minutes left in the Big Air Jam, McMorris landed a backside triple cork 1620 switch backside triple cork 1620 to finish with a combined score of 85.00. After successfully defending his Big Air title at X Games Aspen, Parrot landed is own impressive array of tricks, throwing down a cab triple cork 1620 and frontside triple cork 1440 to finish with an 84.00.
Spencer O’Brien (Courtenay, BC) finished in 5th in the womens Big Air final.
photo: X Games
Carter Jarvis defends Burton Big Air title at Air Nation 2017
After winning last year’s inaugural Canadian Big Air National title, Carter Jarvis (Calgary, AB) successfully defended his title and captured gold on Saturday night at Horseshoe Resort. Samm Denena (Orillia, ON) took home the top spot on the womens’ side and was joined by Jasmine Baird and Marguerite Sweeney on the podium. John MacDougall and Keassy Patenaude rounded off the men’s podium.
The 2017 Sport Chek Air Nation Nationals presented by Burton and Mazda Canada will conclude on Sunday with the Junior Slopestyle competition.
Full results are available here.
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