There must be something in the water – or maybe it’s the snow – in Silverthorne, Colorado, that produces outstanding snowboard slopestyle riders. At least that’s the theory after two of its residents scored big on the world cup stage Saturday in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. And neither one of them is old enough to sip the celebratory champagne they sprayed from the podium.
Two weeks removed from his bronze-medal performance at the world championships, 17-year-old Chris Corning registered his first world cup win of the season while 16-year-old Red Gerard also had reason to celebrate, finishing atop the season standings to claim his first crystal globe.
Combined with Jamie Anderson’s title on the women’s side, Team USA completed a sweep of the slopestyle crystal globes this season.
After opening with an 86.00 on his first run, Corning upped the ante with a 92.34 his second time down the course, putting pressure on the field if he was to be caught. No one could throw up a number that would deprive the 17-year-old of his third world cup podium. It was his second podium in Spindleruv Mlyn after finishing second at last year’s event.
With Canada’s Mark McMorris and Seppe Smits of Belgium both skipping the event, Gerard only had to worry about Great Britain’s Jamie Nicholls challenging him for the season title. Nicholls scored and 86.40 to take third and move past McMorris and Smits, but it wasn’t enough to take the globe from Gerard, who finished seventh Saturday with a 72.22.
Brock Crouch placed fourth with an 81.68, while Judd Henkes advanced to the final but did not start. No Americans reached the women’s final.