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Swede takes slopestyle title

More than 5,000 spectators flooded the hillside of Slopestyle Center at Big White for the second-annual Invitational Slopestyle. 

Host athlete Tom van Steenbergen wanted to design a course that was progressive. The jumps and features of the Gold course towered above the crowds and provided a challenging field of play for the riders.

"I wanted to build a course that was progressive and challenging, I want it to help push the sport," said van Steenbergen

The contests format sees riders do two judged runs with the best scoring run counting.

However, it was the first runs of the day that were the deciders as seven of the top 10 placers saw their best score come in the first round. German Erik Fedko put down a solid 89.33 in his first run with a truck-driver (360 spin with a barspin) to tailwhip off the massive log feature.

Fedko was topped by last years winner Nicholi Rogatkin who put down one of his textbook Rogatkin runs to score a 91. With that run it seemed like Rogatkin was sure to walk away the victor, until young Swede Emil Johansson laid down his stunner of a first run.

Johansson used his ultra-smooth style and technical prowess to land tricks like a backflip double tail whip to barspin. Johansson scored a stellar 95.66 to over take Rogatkin in the first round.

Laying it all out on the line Rogatkin crashed in his second run solidifying Emil Johansson’s victory.

Johansson’s win comes on the heels of two incredibly tough years as he battled both injuries and the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease that sidelined him for the entire 2018 season.



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