Truchon soars to Big Air medal at World Cup

Snowboard FIS

January 17, 2014, QUEBEC CITY (ISN) – Antoine Truchon of Ste-Adèle, Que., wowed thousands of spectators in Old Quebec Friday night to win the bronze medal in the spectacular Big Air event at the Snowboard Jamboree, a stop on the FIS World Cup snowboard circuit.

Petja Piiroinen of Finland took the gold medal earning 161.75 points at the venue built in the heart of the city. Mans Hedberg of Sweden was second at 161.00 and Truchon took the bronze at 156.25. He edged compatriot 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, who won here in 2012. ”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 m high and 110 m long and perform tricks in the air, and 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 Petja Piiroinen of Finland 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 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 semis and finals are on Saturday.