Norway's Marcus Kleveland ducks while Canadians Sebastian Toutant (left) and Darcy Sharpe (right) celebrate their podium finishes in Beijing.

Darcy Sharpe of Comox takes third at Air + Style event in Beijing

Canada's national slopestyle teams now headed to South Korea

Beijing was alive on Friday night with the finals of this season’s inaugural Air + Style event. Canadian snowboarders dominated the podium once again with Sébastien Toutant (L’Assomption, Que.) taking home second and Darcy Sharpe (Comox, B.C.) sliding into third.

Mark McMorris (Regina, Sask.) and Mikey Ciccarelli (Ancaster, Ont.)  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 p.m. EST on Nov. 26 as part of CBC’s ongoing Road To The Olympic Games coverage.

 

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