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CBC Sports - Sunday Dec. 22, 2013 11:24 ET

Travis Gerrits wins aerials World Cup in Beijing

Takes over lead in World Cup standings

Canada's Travis Gerrits wins the men's World Cup aerials final at China's National Stadium in Bejing, China., on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)

Canada's Travis Gerrits celebrated his first career World Cup win on Sunday in men's aerials at National Stadium nicknamed the "Bird's Nest" in Beijing, China.

The 22-year-old of Milton, Ont., performed a back double full full full (a quadruple twisting, triple flip) in the last round of finals, scoring 126.70 to upset a strong Chinese contingent.

“I am super stoked to have won today," said Gerrits. 

"I couldn’t have done it without the help and strategy of my coaches and my entire team. To do it in the "Bird's Nest" was truly incredible. I am truly grateful for everyone’s support!”

Chao Wu of China finished second scoring 124.89.

Rounding out the podium was Zongyang Jia of China who scored 96.53.

Canada's Jean-Christophe Andre of Montreal, Que., finished 13th.

The victory gives Gerrits the lead in the men's aerials overall World Cup standings.

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