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Two medals for Canadian slopestylers on Dew Tour

12/15/2014 12:30 EST | Updated 02/13/2015 05:59 EST
 Sebastien Toutant of Montreal and Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., placed second and third with flawless runs in the men’s slopestyle on Sunday at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships.

Chas Guldemond of the U.S. was the winner with 92.00 points on his first of two runs.  Toutant opened with a 65.25 and improved to 87.75 on his second run for the runner-up position. Nicholson, in his Dew Tour debut, delivered two runs of almost equal value with 80.00 on the first and 79.50 on the second for third spot.

Toutant opened his second run with a cab 270 lipslide off the opening rail, followed with a switch frontside tail slide 270 on the second rail.  On the first jump he executed a cab double 900 followed by a double backside rodeo on the second,  a half cab tail press on the third rail, a frontside double 1080 on the third jump and finished with a backside double 1080.

Nicholson didn’t expect such a spectacular start but like Toutant his best run seemed perfect. He showed great style throughout the run, as demonstrated in his first cab 900.  His technical ability and control on the rails along with a great jump style made him standout among the field.

‘‘It truly hasnt even sunk in yet, it feels like a dream,’’ said Nicholson.  ‘’Now that I’ve landed myself on the DewTour podium I’m hoping for an X-Games invite. My parents are in shock, they’re so stoked. They were in tears when I called them. The course was really slow. Moving forward I believe that rails will play a bigger role in the contests. I tried to get more creative on the top two rails.’’

Olympic bronze medallist and defending champion Mark McMorris of Regina was fifth and Michael Ciccarelli of Ancaster, Ont., ninth.

In women’s slopestyle, Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, B.C., was fourth while American Jamie Anderson won the event for the third year in a row.

Top Canadians in the halfpipe were Derek Livingston of Aurora, Ont., and Katie Tsuyuki of Toronto who both made it to the semifinals in men’s and women’s competition.  Livingston stood out for integrating a cab double 10 into his run.

The Dew Tour is the first major North American event this season in slopestyle.

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