Canadian teen Noah Porter MacLennan soars to ski big air silver at World Cup opener

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Competing in his first-ever freestyle snowboarding World Cup big air ultimate, Canada’s Noah Porter MacLennan soared straight to the rostrum.

The 19-year-old gained silver at the season-opening occasion in Chur, Switzerland, on Friday, inserting solely behind Olympic champion Birk Ruud of Norway.

Sitting in fourth place after two runs, Porter MacLennan knew he wanted to throw one thing big down on his third and ultimate bounce — and he did simply that, incomes the highest rating of the spherical with an excellent 90 factors.

The Ottawa native wanted each little bit of that rating too, as his complete of 180 positioned him lower than a degree forward of bronze medallist Troy Podmilsak of the U.S. (179.75) and fourth-place finisher Andri Ragettli of Switzerland (179.25).

Ruud ran away with gold at 188.75 factors. In a contest that solely accounts for a skier’s two finest runs, the Norwegian had already clinched high spot earlier than his third go.

Porter MacLennan positioned fourth in big air at the 2019 junior world championships, however solely competed within the self-discipline on the World Cup circuit as soon as prior to Chur. He positioned forty first at the Steamboat World Cup in April 2021.

Asselin 4th on ladies’s aspect

In ladies’s motion, Canada’s Olivia Asselin positioned a distant fourth, failing to end two of her three runs. The 18-year-old, who gained big air bronze at the 2022 Winter X Games, scored 107.75 factors, nicely again of bronze medallist Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland (170).

France’s Tess Ledeux took high spot with 181 factors, whereas Norway’s Sandra Eie earned silver with a rating of 170.75.

Canadian Megan Oldham, who was fourth within the occasion at the Beijing Olympics, missed her first two runs and did not return for her third.

Live protection of the Chur World Cup continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with the boys’s and ladies’s snowboard big air finals on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

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