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The first World Cup Big Air contest of the season in Europe took place at the weekend with teenagers taking all four top spots in ski and snowboard.




The competitions happened on the biggest ramp ever built in Italy.

They were part of the Skipass trade industry event in its 25th anniversary year.

>The Japanese athletes showed they are the ones to watch in the snowboarding discipline with two wins and a second place.

In the ski contest, Switzerland and Norway topped the podiums.

The winners were all 18 or under.

Great Britain's freestyle brothers, Chris and Matt McCormick, both picked up World Cup points in their events.

See our preview of the event for more on the McCormick brothers and other GB snowsports news:

Chris & Matt McCormickChris & Matt McCormick in Modena

















Japan dominated the snowboard Big Air contest, winning both the women's and the men's event and collecting another podium position.

The odds-on favourite heading into the Modena women's event had been the Pyeongchang Big Air champion, Austria's Anna Gasser.

She could finish only third behind 16-year-old Reira Iwabuchi.

She took the win ahead of teammate Miyabi Onitsuka (20).

Anna GasserOlympic champion Anna Gasser, 3rd in Modena













The Japanese are becoming a force to be reckoned with.

This is Iwabuchi and Onitsuka's second 1-2 World Cup finish, matching their result from the season opener in Cardrona, New Zealand in September.

Watch Reira Iwabuchi's runs....


Japan's 17-year-old Takeru Otsuka won the men's competition.

He came into it having won the junior world championships in both big air and slopestyle at Cardrona, and taking 2nd in the World Cup there in September.


19-year-old Chris Corning of the USA finished 2nd with Finland's Kalle Jarvilehto 3rd.

GB's Matt McCormick was 33rd of 49 competitors.

Matt McCormickMatt McCormick - photo Matt Georges















Watch Takeru Otsuka's winning runs...

Next up for the FIS Snowboard World Cup is the Beijing Air + Style big air competition on 24th November.


18-year-olds Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland and Birk Ruud of Norway both picked up the second victories of their World Cup careers.

Gremaud, who won slopestyle silver at the Winter Olympics, went one better at Modena.

Her Swiss teammate - the Olympic slopestyle champion Sarah Hoefflin - had to settle for second this time.

Third place on the day went to 27-year-old Kea Kuehnel of Germany.

Women's Ski Big Air podium, Modena 2018Women's Ski Big Air podium















In the men's event the victory went to Norway's 18-year-old Birk Ruud.

Just behind Ruud in 2nd was Alex Hall of the USA, with Switzerland's Andri Raglettli 3rd.

Men's ski big air podium, ModenaMen's ski big air podium















Watch Birk Ruud's winning runs...

GB's Chris McCormick finished 37th overall of 51 skiers.

Chris McCormickChris McCormick















Next up for the FIS Freeski World Cup tour is a visit to the Stubai Zoo in Austria, where the first World Cup slopestyle competition of season is set for 22nd to 24th November.

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