Chris Corning celebrates on the podium after winning the slopestyle snowboarding world cup crystal globe on March 17, 2018 in Seiser Alm, Italy.
Just a week after narrowly missing the title at the Burton U.S. Open, 2018 Olympian Chris Corning came back and claimed the win in men’s slopestyle snowboarding Saturday at the last world cup of the season in Seiser Alm, Italy.
He also earned the crystal globe, topping the season’s world cup slopestyle leaderboard.
After qualifying in first on Friday, Corning returned in impressive form Saturday morning and threw down a final run that merited 87.11 points, ahead of Fridtjof Tischendorf of Norway (84.36), who is coming back from an injury sustained late last year.
It’s the third world cup podium for Corning this season, but the first for the 18-year-old in slopestyle. The Silverthorne, Colorado, native has recently enjoyed more success in big air, finishing fourth at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. He was 17th in slopestyle at the Games.
With a Laax, Switzerland, world cup canceled in January, the season was comprised of three slopestyle events. Corning finished fourth at the Cardrona, New Zealand, stop in September, did not compete in Snowmass, Colorado, in January, and won the final event in Seiser Alm.
Corning also won the 2015-16 crystal globe.
Lyon Farrell gave Team USA its second podium finish Saturday with 81.06 points in Italy, good enough to secure third place. Farrell, a 19-year-old from Hawaii who won the Nor-Am Cup in Park City, Utah, in February, matched Corning for the top score in the qualification round (90.50) on Friday.
Judd Henkes, a silver medalist in slopestyle at the FIS Junior World Championships in 2017, placed sixth to record his best world cup result of the season. Additional top finishers for Team USA were two-time Olympian Ryan Stassel in 14th, Chandler Hunt in 16th and Dylan Thomas in 40th.
Red Gerard, the Olympic champion last month in PyeongChang, did not compete in Italy but finished the season ranked second in slopestyle.
Russia’s Sofya Fedorova won the women’s slopestyle title Friday in an event that saw American Kirra Kotsenburg 24th. Silje Norendal of Norway and Sarka Pancochova of the Czech Republic completed the podium.