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THE CANADIAN PRESS – Vincent Gagnier attempted something different than he normally would have and wound up claiming gold on Saturday in the ski big air event at the Winter X Games.

The Victoriaville, Que. native scored 47 points on his best run and 44 on his second best for a combined top score of 91 points.

“I did two tricks that I never tried before and they both worked out,” said Gagnier. “Since 1999 when I first watched the X Games, I’ve been wanting to do this. It’s awesome, it is everything. It is the biggest contest in skiing. The ultimate goal. The Olympics are not the goal, this is it.”

Bobby Brown of the United States finished second with 82 points and Switzerland’s Elias Ambuhl took bronze.

Earlier, Olympic gold medallist Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ont., won bronze in s