Fedorova and Corning win big air Gold at junior worlds
One day after the slopestyle competition of the 20th FIS Junior World Championships took place at Seiser Alm, Italy everything was set for the youngsters to hit the money booter built in the local snow park going for gold, silver and bronze in the big air.
It was the first time since 2010 that a big air title was awarded at junior worlds, and with the one run, all or nothing format in the finals, a thrilling scenery was set for the youngsters who not only had to stay focused in a contest which was plagued by fog and several course holds but also had to go all in if they wanted to get their taste of glory.
In the women's final, yesterday's slopestyle silver medallist Sofya Fedorova got along with the pressure to land a trick impressing the judges the most earning a 79.50.
It was the first junior worlds title for the 17-year-old Russian shredder who came to Italy with an impressive Europa Cup podium streak of five wins and one runner-up finish in six starts since last November.
Nora Healey (USA, 68.75), who claimed bronze yesterday, completed the full set of medals with a gold from last year's junior worlds slopestyle competition already under her belt.
Oceane Fillion, the 2016 national big air champion from Canada, rounded out the podium as third with a score of 67.
In the men's event, it was Chris Corning continuing his success at the junior worlds.
The Aspen native has had a benchmark season topped with the slopestyle Crystal Globe just won one week before which he know spiced up with some little extra becoming the 2016 double junior world champion.
After clinching the slopestyle title yesterday, Corning picked up where he left off adding another gold to the list by earning a 97.25 for his one shot for the podium.
The most successful rider of the Seiser Alm events stomped 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.’”
Canada's big air champion Carter Jarvis, who had won silver yesterday, finished once again in the runner-up position with a score of 90 while his teammate Francis Jobin, the 2016 Canadian slopestyle title holder, followed in in third with 87.75.
Full results can be viewed here.
With the two freestyle snowboard decisions of the 20th junior worlds in the books, it's now time for the speed disciplines to take over centre stage with four events slated to take place in Rogla, Slovenia from April 2nd till 6th, 2016.
Check the full programme here.