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Ryan Stassel Finishes Third At Big Air Snowboarding Grand Prix, Live On NBC

By Craig Bohnert | Dec. 17, 2016, 5:08 p.m. (ET)

Ryan Stassel competes at the FIS Snowboard World Championships on Jan. 21, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria.

Ryan Stassel matched his best world cup finish with a third-place showing Saturday at the U.S. Grand Prix big air snowboarding competition in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

It marked the second podium of the world cup season for Stassel, the 2015 slopestyle world champion, after placing third Nov. 11 at Alpensia, Korea, the venue for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He also finished third last season in Quebec. Big air will make its Olympic debut in PyeongChang.

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The 2014 slopestyle Olympian scored 167.50, 21.25 points behind winner Max Parrot, who posted a pair of 90+ scores to finish at 188.75. A two-time winner on the world cup circuit last season, he led a Canadian effort that put three riders in the top four spots. Sebastien Toutant placed second with his 176.00, while Max Eberhardt was fourth at 159.50.

Unable to put a solid score in the bank on their first runs, Youth Olympian Nik Baden and Eric Willett finished seventh and eighth, respectively, for Team USA.

The event was part of the first-ever Team USA Winter Champions Series broadcast live on NBC.

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