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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Corning, Hall Look to Continue Success at Modena Skipass Big Air

By Andrew Gauthier
October, 28 2019
Freeskier Tests jump
Freeskier tests out the jump during training at the 2018 Modena Skipass Big Air World Cup. (FIS Freestyle - Mateusz Kielpinski)

A strong group of U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Team members have set out to Modena, Italy for the second edition of the Modena Skipass World Cup big air Nov. 2-3. The Modena competition carries on the strong tradition of Italian city events that began in 2006 in Milano. Last season at the inaugural event, six-time FIS Snowboard Crystal Globe winner Chris Corning and the 2019 X Games Norway freeski big air gold medalist Alex Hall each reached the podium with second-place finishes. Corning and Hall return to Modena with the hopes of improving on last year’s performance. 

“Getting to compete in front of the Modena Skipass crowd makes for a great, high-energy environment that the athletes can feed off of,” said Alex. “I had a great time last year and am looking forward to heading back to Italy. I would love to build off my success in big air thus far this season and maybe even improve on last year’s result in Modena. With the Visa Big Air in Atlanta just around the corner in December, I think we all want to start out strong on the scaffold jumps and build-up to the big air World cup at SunTrust Park.”

Alex is not the only U.S. athlete to kick of the season with strong performances in big air. Chris also found success at the Winter Games NZ World Cup big air opener at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Defending his title from 2018, he landed his signature backside quad cork 1800 melon grab on his second run to take the top spot and secure himself as the one to beat heading into the second of four World Cup stops in Modena. 

It may only be October, but with the cancelation of the Dusseldorf, Germany World Cup big air, only three stops remain on the tour for snowboard and four for freeski. Each competition is critical in the race to the FIS Big Air Crystal Globe. Tune in to catch all the action live below. 
 

U.S. FREESKI TEAM STARTERS
Pro Team:
Mac Forehand, Colby Stevenson, Alex Hall, and Kiernan Fagan
Rookie Team: Deven Fagan.
Americans: Troy Podmilsak and Peter Raich.

U.S. SNOWBOARD TEAM STARTERS
Pro Team:
Jamie Anderson, Chris Corning, Kyle MackLuke Winkelmann, Judd Henkes, and Red Gerard
Rookie Team: Dusty HenricksenTy Schnorrbusch, Courtney Rummel, and Jake Canter.


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HOW TO WATCH

SNOWBOARD
Saturday, Nov. 2

1:30 p.m. (EDT) - Skipass World Cup, Modena, ITA, - Olympic Channel-TV, Olympic Channel, and NBC Sports Gold

FREESKI
Sunday, Nov. 3

11:00 a.m. (EST) - Skipass World Cup, Modena, ITA, - Olympic Channel-TV, Olympic Channel, and NBC Sports Gold

Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass, available here: https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow

All streams will be available via desktop (NBCSports.com/Gold) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
 

Hall 2nd Modena 2018

Corning 2nd Modena 2018