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Park Riders Events moves to Whistler


Almost 40 skiers and snowboarders managed to ignore the new snow Sunday to take part in the second Telus Park Rider Events slopestyle of the season in Habitat terrain park on Whistler Mountain.

The series is now on hiatus through the Olympic Games, but will return with a halfpipe event on March 21. The fifth and final event is a slopestyle on April 11.

The event was judged with every athlete getting two scored runs through the park. Only the top score of two counted towards the overall standings.

In Snowboard Men 17-Plus, Yusuke Nakamura came back from a crash in his first run to win the category with a score of 32.4. He was followed closely by Cinvent Gennant with a 30.5, while Japanese riders Tsuyoshi Zaita, Ryuoki Ogawa and Masaya Hirata rounded out the top five with scores of 28.4, 26.3 and 24.1 respectively.

Marion Gouwy won the Snowboard Female 17-Plus category with a strong 27.5, followed by Carrie Hall with a 23.4.

Jenny Strong competed alone in Ski Female 17-Plus but still pushed it on her second run to earn a score of 27.1.

Emil Westman posted the highest score of the day in Ski Men 17-Plus with a 35.2 out of a possible 40. Jordan Ling was second with a 26.4, edging out Dylan Flint's 26.1.

In Snowboard Male 14 to 16 Keaton Gibson took the win with a 26.4, followed by Luke Lattin with a 21.0 and Tomoji Yamakawa with a 20.3.

Alexander Geddes won the competitive Ski Male 14 to 16 category with a 28.0, followed by Jakes Rouches with a 27.8 and Quin Aiton with a 24.2.

Zoe Sadowski-Synnot competed alone in Snowboard Female 13 and Under, and finished with an 18.7.

Kai Ujejski and Dylan Sadowski-Synnott competed in the Snowboard Male 13 and Under, scoring 26.2 and 19.5 respectively.

Braden Metza won the Skki Male 13 and Under category with a 23.3, followed closely by Callum MacConnachie's 21.9.