Winter sports may be in the rearview mirror for most, but big air snowboarding was alive and well at the X Games Norway on Saturday in Oslo this weekend and a pair of U.S. Olympians seized the chance to add to their season’s medal hauls.
Julia Marino finished 10th in big air at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 but threw down in Oslo to earn the silver medal. Later in the day, Chris Corning, who just missed out on a medal in PyeongChang and finished fourth in big air, jumped from fifth to third on his last run of the day to win the bronze.
Marino successfully performed her switch frontside double underflip that has been a signature trick with her very first of three runs. She was in fifth place after a failed second jump but she held onto her frontside 720 mute on her third and moved up to second. In big air, riders’ best two of three scores count. Marino totaled 66.99 (42.33 and 30.66 on her first and third runs), which tied her with Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi, but Marino’s highest score was greater, giving her the silver and Rukajarvi the bronze.
Thirteen-year-old Kokomo Murase of Japan hit a backside double cork 1080 on her final run to win gold in her X Games debut. She is the youngest ever big air competitor.
Marino has now medaled in every X Games event she's ever entered for a total of six.
Corning threw down a backside 1620 melon on his last jump and that, combined with his frontside 1440 on his second jump, bumped him up to medal position with a score of 83.66, giving the 18-year-old his first X Games medal. Japanese rider Takeru Otsuka, 17, won gold in his X Games debut with a score of 91.00, while Norway’s Marcus Kleveland scored silver with a two-run score of 86.33 for his fifth X Games medal.