Roope Tonteri clinches big air and becomes second Finnish rider to win two Golds at single World Championships
Mattsson and Smits round out podium as second and third
Roope Tonteri has once again underlined his outstanding freestyle snowboarding talent on the second day of the 10th FIS Snowboard World Championships staged in Stoneham and Quebec City, Canada, by adding big air Gold to his slopestyle Gold which he won in yesterday's WCS opening event.
By scoring a total of 188.50 points for a cab 1080 and a backside 1080 in the best two out of three runs finals of the best twelve riders, the 20-years-old continued his home country's dominance at big air World Championships decisions.
In so far five hosted events, riders from Finland took seven out of a possible 15 medals including four Gold.
Claiming the fifth big air Gold for his country in icy and windy conditions today, he also became the second Finnish rider since Antti Autti (2005, Halfpipe and Big Air) to clinch to titles at a single WCS and the fifth male snowboarder to ever do so.
However, being confronted with all this information, Tonteri kept it short.
“I don't know what to say. I just tried to land my tricks like in the slopestyle. And this is what I got.”
New chapters in history books
Nevertheless, he wasn't the only one to earn his career's second World Championships medal.
Today's runner-up Niklas Mattsson (SWE, 177.75) also did so thus celebrating a perfect comeback from an injury break landing a backside 1080 double cork and a frontside 1080 double cork.
“I'm super stoked to be on the podium. I haven't done those tricks since I injured my right meniscus last September.
I was forced to a two month snowboarding break. So, I'm stoked to see that I still got it.”
Seppe Smits (BEL, 149.50) seems to also still have it as he rounded out the podium as third by stomping a super clean backside 1080 double cork and just keeping hold to his cab 1260.
As a consequence, the rider residing close to Antwerp became the youngest snowboarder in WCS history to claim four medals. Until today, Antti Autti had held the record with 21 years and 310 days.
“Four medals is something good to achieve in your life but I'm trying to get some more in the next couple of years.
I'm definitely stoked. I have been trying to be consistent throughout all the last years and this has been paying off a little bit.”
Being 21 years and 191 days of age, he also completed a full set of medals after he had won big air Silver in 2009 and 2011 as well as slopestyle Gold in 2011.
Final results: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2013/SB/7007/7007RL.pdf
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