Canada's Teal Harle wins silver at big air freestyle World Cup event

BEIJING — Canada's Teal Harle won silver in the big air freestyle World Cup event on Saturday at the venue for the 2020 Winter Olympics.

Teal, from Campbell River, B.C., uncorked a switch 1800 — a backwards takeoff with five full rotations — for the first time in his career as one of his two scored jumps.

His total score of 190.00 put him .25 out of the top spot, won by Norway's Birk Rudd. Jasper Tjader from Sweden rounded out the top three on the men's side with a two jump total of 183.00.

"I knew it was going to be difficult to tonight as Birk and I traded the lead throughout the night." Harle said, adding that doing his most difficult trick ever in competition was "very rewarding."

In the women's event, Olympic gold medallist in slopestyle Dara Howell continued on the comeback trail making the finals. Howell, from Huntsville, Ont., placed sixth.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 14, 2019.

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