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Somaini and Kleveland rule in Moenchengladbach

(lifePR) (Oberhofen / Thunersee, ) Carla Somaini (SUI) and Marcus Kleveland (NOR) have claimed victory in the season's third Big Air World Cup which was staged today under the lights and in front of 16,000 spectators at the ARAG Big Air Freestyle Festival in Moenchengladbach, Germany.

Somaini who had already stood out in the women's qualifiers this afternoon earned her career's first with a backside 720 mute and a frontside 720 tail.

With some massive air time added to both tricks, the 26-year-old who had never placed on the podium before, earned a total score of 175.00.

Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), last year's third of the iconic event staged in the SparkassenPark which normally serves as a hockey field, took home second keeping the momentum from her runner-up finish at the Air+Style Beijing last weekend (172.50).

Christy Prior (NZL), finally fully back to competition after struggling with a prolonged knee injury, rounded out the podium in third with a 160.75.

While the women's event saw some close competition, the men's contest was clearly dominated by spinning wonder Marcus Kleveland.

The 18-year-old who had already ruled the Slopestyle World Cup opener in New Zealand three months ago triumphed with a total score of 191.75 for his backside 1440 stalefish and cab 1440 melon.

He therefore took his career's third with an advantage of more than 20 points on runner-up and reigning Junior World Champion Yuri Okubo (JPN; 168.50).

Kalle Jarvilehto (FIN; 164.50) finished in third position to celebrate his career's first World Cup podium while Okubo also made it in the top three for the first time.

But the Japanese rider also took over the Big Air World Cup lead while Anna Gasser (AUT), who sat out the Moenchengladbach event to recover from an ankle injury, is still leading the women's standings.

The Big Air World Cup tour will continue next week with this season's penultimate event slated to take place in Copper Mountain, CO on Dec 8 and 10, 2017. In addition, this season's second Halfpipe World Cup will also take place in the same resort on Dec 7 and 9, 2017.

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Carla Somaini: “I never thought of anything like this when I got up this morning. Especially as I couldn't really train on the rainy practise day before. But today was just great. Everything came together. Landing my first trick was so important for me to do well today. I'm super happy.”
Marcus Kleveland: “I'm happy to finish my second competition of the season off with a win.”
Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN): “I'm happy to make it on the podium. But I have to practise even more to get better.”
Christy Prior: “I'm so stoked. I'm so happy about my riding coming back. I'm so glad that I made it to the finals and that I landed both of my tricks. I could have gone up there again trying to make them bigger but I wanted to do a method because I was so hyped.”
Kalle Jarvilehto: “It feels good to finish in third today, the jump felt really nice tonight. I had some troubles on the practise day, so it's good that things turned out this way. I didn't expect to podium today, so I'm really stoked about it.”


Winning tricks Somaini: backside 720 mute, frontside 720 tail
Winning tricks Kleveland: backside 1440 stalefish, cab 1440 melon
Tricks Onitsuka: cab 900 stalefish, backside 720 mute
Tricks Okubo: backside triple cork 1440 mute, switch backside 1260 mute
Tricks Prior: frontside 720 lien off toes, double backflip indy
Tricks Jarvilehto: backside triple cork 1440 melon, switch backside double cork mute


Final results women
Final results men
Big Air World Cup Standings women
Big Air World Cup Standings men