Valentino Guseli creates Australian history by winning FIS World Cup big air competition in Canada

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Valentino Guseli creates Australian history by winning FIS World Cup big air competition in Canada

Australia’s teenage snowboard sensation Valentino Guseli has claimed his first FIS World Cup gold medal at the Edmonton Style Experience Big Air competition.

It is the first time an Australian snowboarder has won a World Cup Big Air event.

The 17-year-old is also Australia’s youngest ever gold medallist at an FIS World Cup event.

“Oh my goodness, I am so hyped right now,” Guseli said.

“I woke up this morning and was just really hoping that I could put my tricks down today, and now I am just so relieved and happy.

“It’s been a long and very bumpy road the last three years trying to work my way to some podiums and I have finally got a win, and I am so hyped, I am hoping to just keep it rolling to the next comps.”

The victory marks out Guseli — described as the worst kept secret in snowboarding ahead of February’s Olympics — as a genuine three-discipline star in snowboarding.

A man holds the side of a blue snowboard in mid air
Valentino Guseli won his final by 0.5 points.(Supplied: Daniel Stewart)

Guseli twice finished on the podium in slopestyle events in Switzerland and Georgia last season.

That came after he finished a hugely respectable sixth at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in the half pipe competition aged just 16.

In Beijing, Olympic silver medallist Scotty James told ABC Sport Guseli was “incredible”.

“Val’s awesome, he’s a super talented kid,” James said.

“He’s at his first Olympics, he’s made finals. It kind of speaks for itself.

“He’s incredible, He’s got a smile on his face which I appreciate, he’s a nice kid.”

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