Canadians Fly High at Air + Style Beijing; Michelle Salt bronze in Landgraaf
November 21, 2016
Beijing was alive on Friday night with the finals of this season’s inaugural Air + Style event. Canadians dominated the podium once again with Sébastien Toutant (L’Assomption, QC) taking home second and Darcy Sharpe (Comox, BC) sliding into third. Mark McMorris (Regina, SK) and Mikey Ciccarelli (Ancaster, ON) finished in the fifth and eighth spots respectively. Norway’s Marcus Kleveland took home the top prize.
Riders battled it out all night with a series of impressive tricks, which included a clean backside triple cork 1440 from Sharpe. Toutant rebounded from a fall on his first run to score a whopping 92.3 points on his second run frontside triple cork 1440.
This result also puts Toutant and Sharpe second and third on the overall Air + Style tour rankings. The rider with the most points after the three tour stops (Beijing, Innsbruck, Los Angeles) will take home the much coveted Ring of Glory as overall Air + Style tour champion.
The Men and Women’s Canadian Slopestyle teams now head to Alpensia, South Korea for a Big Air World Cup that will also serve as the inaugural Big Air Olympic test event. With Canadian riders expected to contend for several Olympic medals, this represents an important stop on the road to PyeongChang2018. Viewers can catch all the action LIVE from Alpensia on CBCsports.ca starting at 4 PM EST on November 26th, 2016 as part of CBC’s ongoing Road To The Olympic Games coverage.
Michelle Salt takes bronze in first Para-snowboard World Cup of the season
Michelle Salt (Calgary, AB) took home the bronze medal in the first Para-Snowboard World Cup of the season this past Thursday. Competing in the women’s LL1 category, Salt’s third run in Banked Slalom saw her take to the podium in Landgraaf, NED. After medaling in every race she started in last season, Salt is poised for another successful year heading into the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships.
photo: Elliot Catton