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Zurek wins gold at Vans contest


Vancouver’s Natasza Zurek put together back to back inverts to win the Vans Triple Crown halfpipe at Snow Summit, California last week, and an estimated $7,500 U.S. in prize money.

Zurek, a member of the national snowboard team, opted out of the World Cup events in Japan to participate in the high profile ISF event.

She ended her second run with a frontside Mctwist to crippler, to a backside 540.

She beat Stine Brun Kjeldas, one of the top seeds on the World Cup tour and American Kim Stacey to win the best of three format.