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Canada goes for double gold as Blouin, McMorris win snowboard big air world titles

Canada earned double gold in snowboard big air as Laurie Blouin and Mark McMorris won their respective events at the snowboard and freeski world championships on Tuesday in Aspen, Colo.

Max Parrot of Bromont, Que., gave Canada a third spot on the snowboarding podium with a second-place finish in the men’s event.

Blouin, from Stoneham, Que., earned her second career gold medal at a world championship. She also won at the worlds in slopestyle in 2017.

The 24-year-old Blouin, a silver medalist in slopestyle at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, scored 177.75 points to edge 2021 world slopestyle winner Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand (176.76).

Miyabi Onitsuka of Japan (174.75) earned bronze, McMorris, from Regina, had 179.25 points, while Parrot had 178.25, 2021 men’s slopestyle champ Marcus Kleveland of Norway (176.25) was third, The 27-year-old McMorris has won two Olympic bronze medals in slopestyle.

Earlier, Canadian Edouard Therriault scored his first world championship medal, earning silver in the freeski big air event.

The Lorraine, Que., native native concluded 2-¼ points short of a gold medal, finishing behind Sweden’s Oliwer Magnusson, who scored 185.25 point as the final competitor to take the third and final jump.

Following up in third place was Switzerland’s Kim Gubser, who ended with a score of 180.75.

Canadian Evan Mceachran concluded in fifth with a score of 178.75.

On the women’s side, Canada’s Megan Oldham finished in fourth place with a score of 158.75. Russia’s Anastasia Tatalina blew the competition away with a score of 184.50 on her way to a gold medal.

Behind her was fellow Russian Lana Prusakova with a score of 165.50 and China’s Ailing Eileen Gu who took bronze with a score of 161.50.

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