Canada’s Michael Ciccarelli wins slopestyle opener

STONEHAM, Quebec (AP) Canada’s Michael Ciccarelli won first slopestyle title Saturday in the FIS Snowboard World Cup tour opener.

The 18-year-old Ciccarelli had a winning score of 95.50.

”It’s been a long time coming,” Ciccarelli said. ”I’ve been working pretty hard to get tricks down. It felt good to go clean through the whole course today. After the first run I knew there was still room for some improvement.”

Finland’s Janne Korpi was second at 91.00, and Japan’s Keita Inamura third at 88.25.

Cheryl Maas of the Netherlands won the women’s event at 95.50. American Jessika Jenson was second at 90.50, edging Anna Gyarmati of Hungary by 0.75 points.