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Dubeau, Milligan take Showcase Showdown titles

Mastering tricky format key to winning



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Burns was happy with his result and admitted to having some trouble on the bottom of the course.

"It's always a super-fun contest, it's all friends and stuff," he said. "I tried, but I kind of blew it I guess... (Showcase Showdown) always has some kind of weird jib setup and the big thing today was people trying to deal with the bottom features.

"I kind of mixed it up (off the big air) but I didn't really know how to deal with the bottom feature. I just hit the jump and tried to do something off the bottom feature. Luckily in one of my final runs I had a pretty good run."

Dubeau, Burns and the rest of the field are already looking forward to a rematch at the Grenade Games, an event organized by Danny Kass during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

On the women's side it was Molly Milligan's day with two of the highest scores in the final. Star of Peace Quinn was second and Marion Bouwy third. Gillian Andrewshenko also qualified for the final but crashed hard on the big air. She managed to walk off course but was unable to finish the contest.

Milligan stuck with a stock backside 360 off the big air for most of the day but on her last run mixed things up with a corked 540. She also had trouble carrying momentum on the bottom of the course, but came up with a solution.

"It was really hard getting speed on the rails on the bottom part so I ended up just transferring - gong as fast as possible and just going from left to right on the wall ride on my last hit," she said.

The previous week Milligan placed third in the Canada Snowboard Nationals slopestyle competition at Mont Tremblant.

"I sprained my knee two weeks ago so going out East was a little stressful for me, having that in the back of my head," she said. "I took Advils and worked through it and went to the physio who told me it was ride-able. But just getting past that mental block..."

It was also Milligan's best showing in the Showcase Showdown.

"I've never really done well," she said. "I'm not a pipe rider and I think that nerves have always gotten me... This year was more of a jumper so I liked it."

The top three men earned $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively, plus complete sets of Dakine luggage and a Sandbox helmet. The top three women earned $750, $500 and $250 respectively, plus the luggage and helmets.