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'I feel loved': USA's 'Nordic Thunder' wins world air guitar champs

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Theun "Tremelo Theun" de Jong of Netherlands performs during the 2012 Air Guitar World Championshps in Oulu August 24, 2012.

OULU, Finland -- American Justin Howard, alias Nordic Thunder, was crowned world champion air guitar player late on Friday in the northern Finnish city of Oulu, narrowly ahead of his compatriot Matt Burns, or Airistotle. 


Howard, looking like a Viking warrior in his leather tunic, gave an energetic performance that including sliding across the stage bare legged, and won the title with a score of 34.6 points, just ahead of Burns who got 34.4 points.

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Matt "Airistotle" Burns of USA gives a performance that won him second place.

"I feel amazing, I feel loved, I feel like crying and laughing and hugging," said Howard after winning both the title and the prize of a handmade electric guitar.

Howard was U.S. champion air guitarist last year, and took silver in the 2011 world championship.

The air guitar world championships have been played in Oulu since 1996.

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And the winner is ... Justin Howard, alias Nordic Thunder.

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