Watch: Summit residents Chris Corning, Kyle Mack hope to qualify out of loaded big air elimination
Big air qualifying round Friday, 1:30 p.m. MST
ASPEN – After some disappointment on the slopestyle course Thursday, Summit County resident snowboarder Chris Corning will get a chance for redemption on the big air jump Friday afternoon.
Corning will drop in Friday in search of his first X Games Aspen medal. After shining in the spotlight by landing the quad-cork 1800 on a special scaffolding at the Atlanta Braves’ baseball park last month, Corning is all the rage in big air snowboarding. But he’ll have to qualify as one of the top six snowboarders from a loaded field of nine riders, including names like Darcy Sharpe, Yuki Kadono and Max Parrot.
And then there’s Michigan native and Silverthorne resident Kyle Mack. The 22-year-old is back at X Games big air two years after he won a silver medal for the U.S. at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. He did so by landing his one-of-a-kind, wildly stunning “Bloody Dracula” trick.
As for Corning, it seemed on Thursday his X Games injury demons came back to haunt him when he pulled up on the second jump on the slopestyle course and landed awkwardly on a flat. With his history of hip, back and foot injuries, it was a scary moment where it seemed he may be knocked out of big air Friday. But it turned out to be a slight tweak of his knee, and Corning said after the competition he’d be good for big air Friday.
For the 20-year-old, it’ll be the latest chance to prove all his special strength & conditioning work in the offseason, specifically to prep his body for the rigors of big air, was worth it.
Noon-1:30 p.m: Men’s ski slopestyle elimination
1:30-2:15 p.m.: Men’s snowboard big air elimination
5-6 p.m.: Snowmobile freestyle final
6:30-7:15 p.m.: Women’s ski big air final
7:15-8:15 p.m.: Men’s ski superpipe elimination
8:35-9:20 p.m.: Men’s ski big air final
9:30-10 p.m.: Men’s snowboard superpipe session (best trick) final
X Games coverage:
- Red Gerard qualifies to final in challenging X Games slopestyle elimination round
- Strength coach describes journey to build Chris Corning’s body for big air
- Scotty James bests Yuto Totsuka to win third X Games Aspen gold in superpipe
- Japanese trio steals snowboard big air show as Gasser goes for triple cork
- At first competition after Dew Tour crash, Yater-Wallace hits X Games ski knuckle huck
- ESPN, snowboarders to honor Jake Burton Carpenter in first X Games since his death
- Wednesday X Games notes: Parrot rallies back from cancer, Gus talks Olympics
- Thursday X Games notes: Ferreira primed for finals; women to take center stage Saturday
- Jack Mitrani back for fourth year as X Games Aspen host
- Colorado artist Lisa Issenberg embraces opportunity to make X Games medals
- Dillon’s Chase Blackwell realizes dream of competing at X Games
- Men’s snowboarding: Scotty James, Mark McMorris back for more
- Women’s snowboarding: Without Chloe Kim, Maddie Mastro has chance to shine
- Men’s skiing: Alex Ferreira goes for repeat gold
- Women’s skiing: Kelly Sildaru returns for another attempt at the golden trifecta
- Aussie rider Scotty James goes for 10 straight wins as new format hits superpipe at X Games
The lead-up to X Games:
- Breckenridge resident Taylor Gold podiums at Laax Open superpipe final
- Watch: Red Gerard finishes as runner-up at Laax Open slopestyle competition
- Watch: Silverthorne’s Chris Corning stomps quad-cork 1800 to win big air World Cup in Atlanta baseball stadium
- Red Gerard takes us behind the scenes of the journey to film ‘Joy’
- Scotty James bests Yuto Totsuka in weather-affected Copper Grand Prix superpipe final
- Americans Blunck, Wise tame powder-filled Copper pipe to go 1-2 in Grand Prix
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