Gasser and McMorris top Quebec City big air and win World Cup as well as Super Series titles
Anna Gasser (AUT) and Mark McMorris (CAN) have claimed victory in the 2016-17 snowboard freestyle World Cup season's sixth and final big air event which was staged as part of the 2017 Jamboree presented by Vidéotron Mobile on Ilot Fleurie in downtown Quebec City, Canada today.
The event in front of a huge crowd of spectators also served as final stop of the first ever big air Super Series, a tour within the tour.
Both riders also took home the discipline's Crystal Globe – the career's first for both – as well as the win in the Super Series.
In the men's event, McMorris (189.50) earned his career's third in a superb showdown against defending Quebec champion Max Parrot (CAN; 184.75) where both riders stomped a backside triple 1440 mute as well as frontside 1440 mute.
Anton Mamaev (RUS; 174.75) finished in third position.
As both, McMorris – the fifth-ever Quebec winner from Canada – and Parrot therefore wrapped up the six-stop season with 2,600 points, McMorris walked away with the coveted trophy due to one more win to his belt than his teammate.
“To win the series here in Canada, on my last run, last rider to drop for the night, it’s so special! On top of that I’m going to slopestyle tomorrow, and it’s looking good for 2018, so I can’t complain about a thing,” stated McMorris.
Over on the women's side, the race for the title had already been decided after Anna Gasser had qualified for the finals of the top six women last Thursday as her main rival Katie Ormerod (GBR) did not survive the qualifier cut.
In the end, the big air season concluded like it began: with a win of Anna Gasser (AUT). Landing her signature cab double underflip indy and a backside 720 mute the 25-year-old from Carinthia snatched her fourth big air win this season with the final score of 165.00.
“It’s cold here, but I'm very happy that I landed my runs in not so easy conditions and with other very good girls riding. I really enjoyed it today. I’m stoked to be the overall winner as well, and I’m very excited to bring the awards back home,” she said.
In addition, Gasser landed on the podium in all of her this season's big air starts also finishing second in Moscow (RUS) beginning of the year whilst only missing the Copper Mountain (USA) big air last December due to an injury.
Having one additional second and one more first rank finish in the slopestyle World Cup tour under her belt, the unbeaten rider of the women's big air Super Series which featured stops in Milan (ITA), Moenchengladbach (GER) and Quebec City, also gained an uncatchable lead in the snowboard freestyle overall ranking already.
The women's big air podium in Quebec City was rounded out by X Games gold medallist Julia Marino (USA; 162.50) in second and Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL; 151.00), who earned her career's first podium, as third.
The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour will continue tomorrow in Stoneham Mountain Resort where the penultimate slopestyle event of the season will take place with the finals kicking of at 10 AM local time (4 PM CET) also featuring today's triumphant riders as today's top qualifiers.
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