Snowboarder Chris Corning added his second consecutive world cup podium finish Saturday.
Corning placed second in the big air competition in Modena, Italy, finishing just 1.75 points behind Japan’s Takeru Otsuka and nearly pulling off the win with an attempted back quad 1800 on his final jump.
Coming off his Olympic debut in 2018, Corning has first- and second-place world cup finishes to begin the season. He won the men’s big air at the New Zealand Winter Games to grab the early-season points lead.
Otsuka, who scored 96 on his second jump, won Saturday’s event with a best two-run score of 186.75. Corning was second at 185.00, and Kalle Jarvilehto of Finland placed third with 179.75.
Corning’s strong start in the 2018-19 season follows up a near-medal performance at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, when he finished fourth place in the Olympic debut of big air; he was also ninth in slopestyle.
Corning topped the leaderboard in the qualifying runs, then took over first place in his first run in the final with a score of 92.50. He had a perfect landing in his front-side 1440 melon grab.
Corning posted another 92.50 in his second run with a back triple 1440 melon. Going for the win in his final jump, Corning wasn’t able to hold his landing on the quad 1800.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.