Much of the United States is still sweltering, but for some Team USA athletes, the winter sports season has already begun on a high note.
Olympic snowboarder Chris Corning took gold in the first men’s big air world cup of the season in Cardrona, New Zealand, on Saturday, scoring a near-perfect 98.00 on his second run, the highest score of the night, to help lift him to a total of 190.80 points.
His third run scored 92.80 points. In, snowboarders get to drop the lowest of three scores and the top two are combined.
Japan’s Takeru Otsuka finished second with a score of 178.40 followed by Norway’s Mons Roisland with a 175.40.
Corning was the first men’s slopestyle/big air athlete to qualify for the Olympic snowboarding team last season and he just missed landing on the podium in big air, finishing fourth in PyeongChang, where the event made its Olympic debut. He was ninth in slopestyle.
Olympic big air silver medalist Kyle Mack also made the final after qualifying in the top spot of the first heat Thursday with a score of 90.80. He finished fourth Saturday with a score of 166.00.