Corning Second in Edmonton Big Air
The FIS Snowboard World Cup tour headed to Canada for The Style Experience Big Air World Cup in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. U.S. Snowboard Team rider Chris Corning found the podium, finishing in second.
Canadian Jasmine Baird won in front of the home crowd for the women, with Evy Poppe of Belgium in second and Reira Iwabuchi of Japan in third. Valentino Guseli of Australia took the win for the men and the first snowboard big air win for Australia in World Cup history. Canadian Nicolas Laframboise was third.
It was a chilly night, but the men and women put on a show for the Canadian crowd. Corning, who has two crystal globes in big air, showed that he will be a threat again this season. He put down a backside triple cork 1800 melon for his first trick, which earned him a high score of 93.50, but his last trick—a frontside 1440 truck driver—left him just a half point shy of Guseli’s total, knocking him to second place.
Jake Canter finished 13th and Sean FitzSimons was 17th. Jack Coyne, Fynn Bullock-Womble and Liam Johnson did not qualify for finals. Kaitlyn Adams was the only U.S. woman to compete, and she did not qualify for finals.
The riders now head to Copper Mountain for their next big air at the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota, as well as the first halfpipe World Cup of the season as part of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix.
Men’s big air