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X Games champ makes mark at WSI

Newcomer Tanno also golden

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A first-timer and a veteran emerged victorious in the Gibbons Big Air event at the World Skiing Invitational on Saturday.

In the men's side, longtime attendee Vincent Gagnier of Victoriaville, Que. emerged as the champion, while Swiss native Giulia Tanno was crowned on the women's side.

Gagnier knocked off second-place finisher James Woods and third-place skier Elias Ambuehl while Tanno topped Katie Summerhayes and Pemberton's Yuki Tsubota.

The WSI concludes Sunday with the halfpipe competition.

Gagnier, 21, is coming off a season in which he already won the X Games gold medal in big air. He was pleased with how he landed his dub bio 12 octo and felt it lifted him to victory.

"I did some difficult tricks and went big and executed well," Gagnier said. "It's been the best season so far."

WSI rookie Tanno, just 16, wasn't entirely sure what to expect with the competition. She felt she could do well after landing her first run skiing switch, but to find herself above everyone else left her "super happy."

"I didn't think I could win first," she said after the awards presentation in Whistler Village on Saturday night. "(I thought I could be) maybe on the podium, but never on top of it."

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