Chris Corning (center) stands on the podium at the FIS Snowboard World Cup on Jan. 18, 2019 in Laax, Switzerland.
A week after claiming his first world cup podium finish of the season in slopestyle, Olympic snowboarder Chris Corning now has his first win.
The 19-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, used a big second- and final-run score of 89.10 to seize the top spot and shoot into the top overall spot in the men’s slopestyle standings after three of five competitions.
He was second in last weekend's stop in Kreischberg, Austria, and did not compete in the first world cup in China in December.
Last year’s crystal globe winner has also landed on the podium twice in big air this season, first winning the opening competition in Cardrona, New Zealand, and then finishing second at Modena, Italy, in November.
Corning, who was fourth in big air and ninth in slopestyle at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, also finished second in slopestyle at the Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, Colorado, last month.
Norway’s Staale Sandbech, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist in the event, finished second on Friday with a score of 87.35 on his final run, and Switzerland’s Moritz Thoenen was third with a score of 80.55.
The men’s semifinals were canceled on Thursday due to wind, so the riders had to hold both the semifinals and two-run final on Friday. Corning qualified for the final in fifth place with a top score of 77.05. It was the top score among the four U.S. athletes who made it into the 12-person final.
Judd Henkes finished in fourth place, Lyon Farrell in seventh, Youth Olympian Nik Baden in 10th and Sean Fitzsimmons in 11th.
In the women’s competition, Julia Marino finished fourth as the only American in the top 10.