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This year's competition seemed to be about surviving as much as anything else. Andreu Lacondeguy stomped a double backflip up top, but had trouble off the last jump and crashed twice in qualifiers.
Sam Pilgrim, riding a small hardtail, never got to show why he is currently ranked second behind Semenuk on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. He flatted and threw a tire at the start of his first run, then missed a pedal after the drop on the second run and was forced to bail.
Yannick Granieri got into trouble after landing a huge backflip up top, eventually crashing into a barrier on the side of a berm and launching himself over the fence and down a hill.
Tyler McCaul crashed after landing on his front wheel off the curved ramp, injuring his shoulder. Kurt Sorge of Nelson also crashed up top.
Both Zink and Messere were able to walk away from crashes on their final runs, although Messere was pretty sore after dropping about eight metres from the SRAM hip to the dirt.
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Svik, Kintner take Giant Slalom titles
Friday night's show may not have included any backflips, but spectators at the annual Giant Slalom, sponsored by Giant Bicycles, got to see some incredible riding.
Organizers decided to forgo the usual head-to-head format for a safer two-run time trial, with the win going to the rider with the lowest combined time.
Tomas Savik of Czech Republic took the Giant Slalom title with a two-run time of 1:20.25, followed by Johanne Fischbach of Germany in 1:20.76 and Blake Carney of the U.S. in 1:20.85.
For the Pro Women it was American Jill Kintner - winner of the dual slalom and pump track challenge, second in Air Downhill - who took the title in 1:27.40. She was followed by Melissa Buhl of the U.S. in 1:30.68 and Danielle Beecroft of Australia in 1:32.42.
Whistler's Stacy Kohut was the only four-wheel competitor this year, but put down two fast runs on the course without a single pedal.
Whistler's Jack Iles topped the Boys 13 to 15 category in 1:26.83, followed by Ryan Cameron of Australia in 1:27.98 and Galen Carter of the U.S. in 1:30.97.
Kyle Walstrom, Eric Wong and Dixon Black were first through third in Junior Men 16 to 18.