Corning Third at Silvaplana World Cup Finals
U.S. Snowboard Team member and seven-time FIS Crystal Globe Winner Chris Corning closed out his season with a third-place finish on Sunday at the World Cup finals in Silvaplana, Switzerland.
“This one means a lot to me,” said Corning. “I have had a tough couple contests that haven’t really gone my way. I have landed runs, but haven’t gotten the results I wanted. I’m stoked I was able to make it happen at the last contest of the season. My goal was to make finals and anything that came after was a bonus, so I’m really grateful.”
Corning stomped his first run that included a solid and controlled rail section, a cab 1620, a backside flat spin 1440, a backside triple cork 1440, and a beautiful 50/50 backside rodeo out. Corning would have likely improved on his second run if it wasn't for a minor mistake on the last fail feature.
Corning’s podium marks his first top-three finish in only two World Cup starts this season. Despite a limited competition season, the result carries significant weight as it relates to the U.S. Snowboard Olympic Team selection criteria, tacking on critical points towards the rankings pathway (World Snowboard Points List), one of two routes to secure an Olympic team nomination. The other route being podium performances at designated U.S. Olympic tryout events.
Corning didn’t sugarcoat the fact he was looking forward to the off-season. Anyone that follows him, knows he loves his summer activities.
“I’m ready to relax,” he said. “I’m stoked to ride dirt bikes, wakeboard, attend the Mammoth Camp in May with my teammates, and really just unwind ahead of what will be another crazy season.”
U.S. Snowboard Teammate Dusty Henricksen put down his first run to finish fifth. His run included a bit of successful improvisation in the rail section taking him into the jump section where he landed a switch backside 1080, switch backside 1260, as well as a casual backside triple cork on the final jump. Teammate Brock Crouch finished just behind Henricksen in sixth place landing his second run, where he showcased his creative approach to the course as one of the few riders to utilize the final quarterpipe feature.
Norway’s Markus Kleveand continued his dominance winning the event and securing the FIS Slopestyle and Overall Crystal Globes. Kleveland won two of three slopestyle World Cups this season in addition to claiming the FIS World Championships slopestyle title. Canada’s Liam Brearley was second.
For the women, Japan’s Reira Iwabuchi and Kokomo Murase went one-two, followed by Australia’s Tess Coady in third.
Four U.S. Men finished in the top-10 of the FIS World Cup slopestyle standings including Dusty Henricksen in fifth, Red Gerard in sixth, Chris Corning in seventh, and Brock Crouch in ninth. For the women, Jamie Anderson finished fourth and Hailey Langland sixth.
A legacy event on the FIS Freeski World Cup circuit, Silvaplana has proven itself time and time again over the past decade to be one of the most unique and creative slopestyle venues in the world. After a successful event to close out the 2020-21 season, riders will be fiending to return in the future.
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