Sillieres and Corning win slopestyle Gold at junior worlds
The first of six junior world championships acts of the 20th edition of this FIS major event went down at Seiser Alm, Italy today.
The world's up-and-coming talents were battling for gold, silver and bronze in the slopestyle competition with Chloe Sillieres (FRA) and Chris Corning (USA) coming out victorious.
After women's qualifiers had to been canceled in the Snowpark Seiser Alm, Sillieres, who just had become the runner-up at the French nationals, had already led the girls in a three-run, best one count final right after the first run with 82 before she upped the ante with a brilliant second run which earned her a 89.50 and her first career's junior worlds title in her fifth appearance.
Before, the 17-year-old regular rider had already won a silver (2013) and bronze (2015) in the respective major events staged at Erzurum, Turkey and Yabuli, China.
Sofya Federova (RUS, 79) who kept the momentum from her Europa Cup win at Rogla, Slovenia a the other day ago took home silver from her first junior worlds competition while defending champion Nora Healey (USA, 74.25) had to settle for third.
In the men's competition, Corning crowned his outstanding 2015-16 season, which had already wrapped up with the Crystal Globe for being the best performer on the slopestyle World Cup tour, by winning gold with a 94 in the two runs, best on count final.
“It means a lot to me to be here; I’m really stoked because I wanted to come back and get revenge from last year when I got really sick,” said Corning. “It’s awesome to be able to come out here and ride with some amazing kids and be on the podium with some new people like Chandler Hunt—they all rode really well.”
Carter Jarvis, a 17-year-old shredder from Calgary and Canada's 2016 big air champion who had led the pack after run one with 91, finished in second position preventing a podium sweep for the highly talented US Snowboarding roster which had descented on South Tyrol a few days ago.
Chandler Hunt (USA, 89.50) rounded out the podium as third leaving top qualifier Lyon Farrell (USA, 89.25) only the disappointing fourth rank ahead of dethroned 2015 junior worlds title winner Erik Bastiaansen (NED, 85.50).
Full results can be viewed here.
The junior worlds at Seiser Alm will continue with the big air decision tomorrow.