Chris Corning won the big air silver medal at the FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Ski World Championships in Sierra Nevada Friday. (Getty Images/AFP-Javier Soriano)
SIERRA NEVADA, Spain (March 17, 2017) — Chris Corning (Silverthorne, CO) capped off a successful season with a big air silver medal at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships on Friday.
It was the second medal of the week for Corning, who earned bronze in slopestyle on March 11. “Two medals at my first World Champs, not too bad,” Corning said after the event. “I’m stoked. The final was amazing, people were riding really well and it was cool being part of it. I was happy to put down my runs and it ended out working out for me.”
Chris Corning won the big air silver medal at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships Friday. (Getty Images-Clive Rose)
Corning used a pair of 1440s, including a backside triple cork, to secure his spot on the podium. Norway’s Stale Sandbech won the event and his countryman Markus Kleveland rounded out the podium in third.
Jessika Jenson (Rigby, ID) was the only American to make the final for the ladies, earning a respectable fifth-place finish. The dominant Austrian Anna Gasser took the win, Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi was second and Norway’s Silje Norendal was third.
Lyon Farrell (Haiku, HI) was seventh; Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) was 12th; Judd Henkes (La Jolla, CA) was 14th; Karly Shorr (Milford, MI) was 26th; Kirra Kotsenburg (Salt Lake City, UT) was 36th.
Chris Corning was second for the men. Frontside 1440 melon (91) and backside triple cork 1440 melon (91.75)
QUOTES Chris Corning Two medals at my first World Champs, not too bad. I’m stoked. The final was amazing, people were riding really well and it was cool being part of it. I was happy to put down my runs and it ended out working out for me.