Snowboarders shine at Junior Worlds
Snowboarders battled foggy conditions in Seiser Alm, Italy, at the 2016 FIS Junior World Championships in big air last Wednesday. Despite the weather, Chris Corning (Aspen, Colorado) claimed his second Junior World Champion title after also winning slopestyle the previous day. Nora Healey (Plymouth, New Hampshire) also earned her second medal of the week, taking second for the ladies.
The contest was plagued with fog and there were many course holds, resulting in a long day for the athletes. Corning went all in, using a backside triple cork 1440 to win the contest with authority.
"I tried it once in practice and kind of fell on it," Corning said. "I also had tried it twice the day before and fell on those too but I finally was able to get enough speed and was able to land it. I was debating on what I should do and just said, ‘Go for it and see what happens — you have nothing to lose.’"
It’s not surprising that Corning doubled up on wins at the Junior World Championships this week, as he is also the 2016 winner of the FIS crystal globe award for slopestyle. The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club member had a number of podiums throughout the season, including a World Cup win at Cardrona, New Zealand, in August and a second-place finish at the final World Cup of the year in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, in March.
Behind Corning, two Canadians, Carter Jarvis and Francis Jobin, took second and third, respectively.
Lyon Farrell (Haiku, Hawaii) also qualified into the final after winning his heat, finishing 12th overall. Chandler Hunt (Park City) just missed the final, finishing 15th overall.
The ladies went straight to finals — which were reduced to a one-run format for both men and women — so the pressure was on to land a trick.
"I went up with Chris, so I was up there at 8 a.m.," Healey said, who also took third in Tuesday’s Junior Worlds slopestyle. "Girls’ finals finally went down at 4 [p.m.], so I was up there for a while, standing around and running up and down the hills to stay warm."
Rounding out the podium, Tuesday’s slopestyle second-place finisher Sofja Fedorova of Russia was first and Oceane Fillion of Canada was third.
For Healey, who was the slopestyle Junior World Champion in 2015, her silver medal was a great way to cap off her experience at Junior Worlds.
"[Getting two medals] means a lot because this was my last Junior Worlds because I’m 17," she said. "It was a good experience and everyone there was so happy for me."
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