Chris Corning Narrowly Misses Slopestyle Title At Burton U.S. Open, Finishing Second

By Karen Price | March 09, 2018, 11:11 p.m. (ET)

Chris Corning celebrates in the men's big air final at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 24, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

 

In his first competition since placing ninth in slopestyle snowboarding and fourth in big air at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Chris Corning finished second in slopestyle at the Burton U.S. Open on Friday in Vail, Colorado. 

Corning was in second place going into the third and final run of the day, then was bumped to third after Canadian Mark McMorris, riding with what he later said was probably a broken rib suffered in a fall on his second run, came up huge to close out his day. 

Corning’s last run ended with a frontside triple cork 1440 followed by a backside triple cork 1440, but the 18-year-old from nearby Silverthorne, Colorado needed better than 88.10 to overtake McMorris.

Corning scored an 87.95, good enough to get back to second place but not quite good enough to top McMorris. Norway’s Marcus Kleveland finished third with a top score of 87.20.

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All the riders in the men’s field had to battle poor visibility and windy conditions on the mountain. 

It was so bad earlier in the day that the women’s slopestyle final was canceled after the six riders who were slated to compete met and decided the high winds were going to make the competition too dangerous. Based off the results of the semifinal, two-time Olympic champion Jamie Anderson was awarded her sixth U.S. Open title. Fellow U.S. Olympian Julia Marino was third. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.