Vincent Gagnier Wins 2013 World Skiing Invitational Big Air

Gus Kenworthy and Henrik Harlaut round out podium


Gagnier en route to victory. PHOTO: Geoff Jansen

WHISTLER, BC, April 14, 2013 - In front of a packed crowd of spectators in Skiers Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain, Vincent Gagnier took the top spot in the 2013 Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Skiing Invitational (WSI) Big Air contest at the 18th annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, British Columbia.

Qualifying for the eight man final in last spot, Gagnier scored a 92 on his second of two jumps, landing a double cork bio 1080 octograb on the 65-foot step over big air jump. Gagnier took home $5,000 in prize money, and improved upon his second place finish in last year's contest.

Last year's champion Gus Kenworthy found the podium finishing in second place with a score of 91, landing a double cork 1660, and taking home $3,500. Henrik Harlaut finished third and earned $1,500 with his nose butter double cork 1440.

Hip hop legend Nas entertained the crowd at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival Main Stage after the Big Air contest as the headliner of the free Outdoor Concert Series.

The AFP World Championships World Skiing Invitational will continue on Sunday April 14, with Men's Slopestyle Qualifiers taking place from 11:45am - 3:00pm, in the Blackcomb Highest Level Terrain Park. Men's and Women's Slopestyle Finals will take place Monday April 15, from 10:45am - 3:00pm. Live scoring and results can be found online here.

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