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Gasser and McMorris victorious at Air + Style Beijing

(lifePR) (Oberhofen / Thunersee, ) Anna Gasser (AUT) and Mark McMorris (CAN) have earned an historic win triumphing in the Infinite 2017 Air + Style Beijing which was staged in the Worker's Stadium today. It was the first time ever that the Asian offshore of the well-respected event series was sanctioned as FIS Snowboard World Cup. 

Gasser kept the momentum from her victory at the season's Big Air opener in Milan two weeks ago by dominating the second stop of the World Cup tour in style. 

Stomping her huge and well-executed signature trick, the cab double cork 900 mute and a massive frontside 720 lien the reigning World Champion not only became the first woman ever to stand atop the Air + Style Beijing podium but also secured her career's seventh win in 15 starts with a total score of 175.50 in the three run, best two different jumps count final.

2015 Slopestyle World Champion Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN; 155.75) as well as Enni Rukajarvi (FIN; 154.00) rounded out the podium as second and third, respectively, after their third attempts failed to bump off Gasser from the top spot. 

Onitsuka and Rukajarvi had both upped their game by going for a backside double cork 1080 and a cab 1080, respectively, but missed a clean landing. However, both therefore underlined that women's snowboarding keeps on progressing rapidly with the Olympic debut of Big Air just around the corner. 

The men's event saw an emotional and quite insane comeback of 2014 Olympic Slopestyle Bronze medallist Mark McMorris. 

Only eight months after suffering life threatening injuries in a backcountry crash, the 24-year-old dropped the hammer in the Worker's Stadium landing a frontside triple cork 1440 mute and a jaw dropping backside triple cork 1440 indy – the best trick of the night – for a total score of 187.00.

Best qualifier Tiarn Collins (NZL; 183.75) and Torgeir Bergrem (NOR; 179.75) finished as second and third respectively. 

The Big Air World Cup season will continue next week with the second ever ARAG Big Air Festival being staged in the SparkassenPark Moenchengladbach, Germany on December 2nd. 

More on youtube

Watch highlights of the Freestyle Snowboard World Cup tour here


Mark McMorris: "I think after my big injury, the thing I noticed most is that I really appreciate snowboarding more than I ever have. I am so happy to do this.“


Winning tricks Gasser: cab double cork 900 mute, frontside 720 lien
Winning tricks McMorris: frontside triple cork 1440 mute, backside triple cork 1440 indy
Tricks Onitsuka: cab 900 stalefish, backside 720 mute
Tricks Collins: backside 1440 mute, cab 1440 double nose grab
Tricks Rukajarvi: cab 720 indy, frontside 720 mute
Tricks Bergrem: cab double cork 1440 mute, backside 1620 mute


Final results women
Final results men