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Snowboarder Rocco Van Straten, Armada Ski Team Win Denver Big Air (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/27/11 10:14 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

The first ever Big Air Denver competition is in the books, with Holland's Rocco Van Straten winning the snowboarding competition with a backside double cork 1080 on Tuesday night. On Monday, the team of skiers representing Armada won the 'Battle of the Brands' with tricks like a double cork 1260 blunt, a Milbocker's Kangaroo flip Japan air, and a Moxham's double cork 1080.

The event, which also featured a performance by Denver's OneRepublic, attracted an estimated 14,000 people to Civic Center Park Wednesday night. The event is set to air on NBC this weekend.


Nature Valley Challenge Denver Big Air Freestyle Ski Event
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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 25: A Snowboarder goes airborne with the Denver City and County Building in the background while practicing for the LG FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup prior to the Nature Valley Challenge Denver Big Air Freestyle Ski Event in Civic Center Park on January 25, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The ramp is a steel truss scaffolding 101 feet high, 300 feet long and 80 feet wide covered in manmade snow. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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