Nordic Jamming: O’s Sebastien Toutant Victorious at Stockholm’s Stadium Winter Jam
Oakley’s young rippers continue to charge their way into the limelight.
Team Rider Sebastien Toutant spearheaded O’s efforts in the Nordic cold this past weekend, emerging victorious at the 5th Stadium Winter Jam in Stockholm, Sweden. The French Canadian phenom threw down a variety of double corks, including a backside 1080 double cork, for a final score of 51.3 and the win at the second Big Air contest of the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup.
The triumph was his first World Cup victory – catapulting him into the lead in the Big Air World Cup and Freestyle Snowboard Overall World Cup standings.
But getting there was no easy feat. He narrowly edged Finland’s Petja Piiroinen (48.9) and Patrick Burgener from Switzerland (47.8) in front of thousands of lively spectators in the 1912 Olympic Stadium – set in the heart of the capital. Nerves were in effect as he was the last rider to drop into the competition.
“I’m always nervous even though I’ve been to so many competitions,” Seb said. “But the more I do, the more confident I get. I’m stoked that I was able to win this event. The level of riding in the finals was super good.”
But the field couldn’t stop the O Team shredder – who had more to celebrate than just his killer victory.
“I turned 18 a few days ago, so this is nice!"
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will rage into Lech, Austria next. On Dec. 7 and 8, the season’s first two snowboard cross races will go down in the Austrian Winter Sports hotbed – which will include an intense night final. If you’ll be in Europe, get over to Lech to scope O Team Riders continuing their rise.