Sebastien Toutant wins season’s last big air in Quebec
The season’s last big air contest of the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup wrapped up with a 1-2 punch for Canada today. At the downtown highlight of the Snowboard Jamboree, a four days lasting snow fest featuring four World Cup comps plus many side events, Sebastien Toutant claimed victory at the big air held in Quebec City, thus winning his career’s second World Cup. By earning a total of 56.5 points, Canada’s rising star relegated his team Matts Kulisek (51.0) to the second spot. Stefan Falkeis of Austria finished in third with a score of 50.6 points.
Although Toutant is always one of the guys to beat when he enters the world’s top competitions, no one would have thought of such a dominating performance the 18-years-old from l’Assomption had thrown in at tonight’s finals held under floodlight. The winner of the Stockholm big air (Nov, 2010) had suffered a painful chest injury in Austria last weekend, which turned out to be a badly bruised rip, so a start was pretty unlikely. “I did some intensive physio program over the past four days. I went from 25 percent of my skills to 70. I wasn’t really at 100 tonight but it turned out pretty good. So ‘m stoked,” said the World Cup leader.
That some 30 percent to a top performance had been missing wasn’t obvious at all as the slopestyle X-Games winner and big air silver medallist get along best with the icy kicker conditions. With some super clean frontside 1080 and backside 1080 double corks, “Seb Toots” put his competitors in their place. “It’s nice as I wasn’t supposed to start at all. But winning here in Quebec which is some two hours away from my home is something special.”
His win in his home province wasn’t just for him something pretty unique as it was the first ever Canadian 1-2-result in a big air competition in the World Cup’s history. “It’s pretty cool to be on the podium with my friend Seb,” said Matts Kulisek, who had clinched his career’s first top-3-finish by stomping a huge frontside 1080 and a switch backside 900.
And while the Canadian boys enjoyed their historical result, also Stefan Falkeis could hardly believe his luck. About one year after the Austrian had podiumed for the first time ever at the same place, he also brought home his second top-3-finish in Quebec after sticking a cab 1080 and a cab 900.
“It was a surprise last year. But this time, I really didn’t expect anything like this. I’m pretty much overwhelmed as I couldn’t even think of something like this. It’s even better as I was once again able to put one over on the up-coming and very strong generation of talented riders. It was very close today as Clemens (Schattschneider, AUT, 4th ranked rider with 49.4) wasn’t that far behind.”
After the season’s fourth and thus last big air the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup continues tomorrow in Stoneham, where the Snowboard Jamboree concludes with this winter’s third parallel giant slalom.