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Canada's Truchon takes bronze in big air event at Jamboree

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The Canadian Press
1/17/2014 11:11:13 PM
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QUEBEC -- Antoine Truchon of Ste-Adele, Que., won bronze in the big air event at the Snowboard Jamboree stop on the FIS World Cup snowboard circuit.

Petja Piiroinen of Finland took gold with 161.75 points and Mans Hedberg of Sweden was second at 161.00. Truchon placed third with 156.25, edging Maxence Parrot of Cowansville, Que., in fourth at 150.75.

"It was a great night for me and to win a medal in Quebec is really special," said Truchon. "It's been a challenging year for me trying to qualify for the Olympics in the slopestyle. I feel like I'm just starting to find my form now."

Matts Kulisek of St-Sauveur, Que., was also in the final and placed 12th.

Big air is a judged event in which individual riders approach a single jump 40 metres high and 110 metres long and perform tricks in the air. They land on a slope of around 30 degrees.

Earlier, qualifying was held in nearby Stoneham, Que., for the halfpipe and slopestyle events. This is the last event for Canadians to reach their standards for the Sochi Olympics. The rest of the Canadian snowboard team will be nominated on Tuesday. A first group was nominated on January 3 in Vancouver.

In slopestyle, Parrot and Piiroinen earned berths for the final, posting the two top scores in the opening heat at 89.66 and 85.66 points. Parrot won two medals on the circuit last season including a bronze in Stoneham.

Charles Reid of Tremblant, Que., also got a direct berth to the final, placing second in the third heat with the eighth best time overall.

Canadians advancing to the semifinals were Darcy Sharpe of Comox, B.C., Matts Kulisek of St-Sauveur, Que., Jonathan Versteeg of Vernon, B.C., and Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont.

For the women, Brooke Voigt of Fort McMurray, B.C., reached the semifinals, placing third in the second heat.

The slopestyle semis and finals are on Sunday.

In women's halfpipe qualifying, Alexandra Duckworth of Kingsburg, N.S., ranked ninth in qualifying to gain the last spot for the semifinals. Brad Martin of Ancaster, Ont., was fourth in the second heat to also make the cut for the semis.

The halfpipe semis and finals are on Saturday.

Antoine Truchon  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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