Smith takes Crankworx Triple Crown 

Winning Sunday's Canadian Men's Open DH gives him third Whistler title

click to flip through (5) PHOTO BY BLAKE JORGENSON - Royal Rider Steve Smith was named Crankworx king at the end of the mountain bike festival following his three downhill event wins on Whistler Mountain.
  • Photo BY Blake Jorgenson
  • Royal Rider Steve Smith was named Crankworx king at the end of the mountain bike festival following his three downhill event wins on Whistler Mountain.

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Pretty much everybody else had a bad day, with seven out of eight athletes in the super final crashing or going out with mechanicals. Whistler's Brandon Semenuk, the reigning Red Bull Joyride champion and the winner of the last four major slopestyle events, crashed near the top of both of his runs and didn't even make the money round. It was that kind of a night.

Genon, who doesn't speak much English, provided some of the most entertaining moments of the press conference.

"I don't know what I'm going to do here," he said, taking his seat below the Red Bull Joyride banner. "I can't speak English."

Genon said he's been watching Crankworx since he took up dirt jumping at the age of 12. Although he's had solid results in Europe and at the Claymore Challenge, he wasn't expecting an invite to the Red Bull Joyride.

"I was just so happy just to be invited, it was an honour, and I'm so happy to be first."

Three Canadians finished just shy of the podium. Ontario's Brett Rheeder was fourth with an 80.6, Surrey's Anthony Messere was fifth with a 79.4 and an emotional Casey Groves of Kelowna — competing a day after the death of a cousin — was sixth with a 78.6.

Troy Bronsnan and Melissa Buhl are dual winners

Two racers, two tracks and just one winner. The Giant Dual Slalom competition ended with two winners; Troy Brosnan and Melissa Buhl.

Brosnan said after the event that the spectators played a role in his win.

"It feels amazing, I'm coming back trying to have fun and get in a little training before Worlds," said the winner from Australia. "It was a good night. The crowd was pretty big and that helped."

American racer Luca Shaw placed second and he was followed by Bas Van Steenbergen of Kelowna.

Melissa Buhl of the USA beat out North Shore racer Micayla Gatto and Steffi Marth of Germany in third.

"It's been a long week with a lot of events, so I feel really good about this win," said Buhl. "This is my first win at Crankworx and I couldn't be happier."

Lunn, van Steenbergen take Teva Best Trick

Two generations of B.C. riders walked away from the athlete-judged Teva Best Trick showdown on Thursday night with $4,000 cheques and the appreciation of a massive crowd.

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