Europe's slopestylin'

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

A day after a pair of up-and-coming Canucks stole the show at the Burton Canadian Open snowboarding competition, nobody could stop the Europeans in yesterday's slopestyle finals at Canada Olympic Park.

Silvia Mittermueller of Germany captured the women's title, while Norway's Mikkel Bang was crowned the men's champion after bumping Sebastien Toutant of Montreal from atop the leaderboard on his third and final run.

Toutant was watching on the big screen as Bang landed a backside 1260-degree spin en route to a score of 91.50.

"For sure, he deserved it," Toutant said. "He had a perfect run."

Toutant, a 16-year-old being hailed as one of the future stars of Canadian shredding, scored an 87.83 on his second run, which was good enough for silver. Montreal's Charles Reid, 18, stood on the first step on the podium after posting an 83.83 on his final crack at the slopestyle course.

"It's really good to have two Canadians on the podium," Toutant said. "To finish second in the Canadian Open, I'm really stoked about it."

Mittermueller's final-run mark of 78.50 was enough to edge Megan Ginter (77.83) of Carnation, Wash., in the women's slopestyle finals. Fellow American Mary Sallah grabbed third (73.17).

Calgary's Breanna Stangeland was the top Canadian, finishing fifth.

On the men's side, Calgary's Jed Anderson came up short in a bid to double his Canadian Open haul. After winning Saturday's halfpipe finals, Anderson -- a slopestyle specialist -- settled for 15th spot yesterday.

Reid said the competition was even tougher than usual.

"I think this was the best contest I've ever seen in my life," he said. "It was totally crazy, man. Guys were throwing down some crazy stuff ...

"Everybody was just killing it."


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