Sports briefs 

Finnish jumper tops opening Big Air

The World Cup Big Air season kicked off at the Relentless Freeze Festival in England this weekend with an urban event in downtown London starring some of the biggest names in the sport - European names anyway, as Canada's top big air athletes like Sebastien Toutant (second in the rankings last years), Zachary Stone (seventh), Robby Balharry (eighth) and Matt Kulisek (11th), opted to miss the event.

Instead, the Canadian team was anchored by Maxence Parrot and Antoine Truchon, who dominated in the New Zealand Open in August. Parrot finished the day in 14th while Truchon was 25th.

The win went to Finnish rider Janne Korpi, who landed a frontside double 1080 and backside 1260. Seppe Smits of Belgium was second and Joris Ouwerkerk of the Netherlands placed third. Jamie Nicholls of Great Britain and Staale Sanbech of Norway rounded out the top five.

The World Cup halfpipe season kicked off this week at Saas-Fee, Switzerland with two men's and women's events on Nov. 2-3.


Gymnastics club hosts Trampworx, freestyle gymnastics workshop

This weekend the Whistler Gymnastics Club is hosting a pair of free events and inviting the public to come out and watch.

On Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the club is hosting Jessie Pierce of Team Hybrid Movement - a freestyle gymnastics troupe that specializes in parkour, free-running, stunting, martial arts tricking, circus arts, and more. The event will start off with a demo, followed by a workshop on parkour, free running and stunting for athletes 15 and older. Participant numbers are limited so call 604-902-FLIP to reserve your spot.

The event kicks off a four-week "Freestyle Fridays" session hosted by Whistler Gymnastics, which starts on Nov. 18 and runs until Christmas break - and will likely return in the New Year as well.

Also this weekend is Trampworx, a freestyle trampoline competition that's limited to club members enrolled in gymnastics and trampoline programs, adults in programs and athletes registered with the club that use the facility for training.

Jumpers will be broken down into age groups and will compete in three events: Trampoline Big Air, Double Mini Big Air and Trampoline Slopestyle.

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, and spectators are welcome to come out and watch.

This is a first for the freestyle trampoline format, and Whistler Gymnastics is hoping to use the first event to work out the details and then host an invitational competition in the spring with clubs from across B.C. and Alberta.


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