Swedish star Sven Thorgren rounded out the men’s Chur podium in third, dropping a last-hit backside 1440 to melon to muscle his way onto his fifth career World Cup podium. Unfortunately Thorgren won’t be on the scene in Steamboat, and with one of the most consistent big air competitors in the world opting out, opportunity awaits for somebody else this weekend.
As you would expect, Team USA will be coming through with a whole lotta firepower on home soil, with the likes of Chris Corning, Red Gerard, Dusty Henricksen, Kyle Mack, Judd Henkes, Luke Winkelmann AND Brock Crouch all on the start list for Thursday’s qualifications. It’s an absurd amount of talent on display, and should give the host squad a better-than-good chance of landing a podium spot or two on Saturday.
Other nations looking strong ahead of Steamboat include the Canadians, with their veteran, elite 1-2-3 punch of reigning big air World Champion Mark McMorris, reigning big air Olympic gold medallist Sebastien Toutant and six-time X Games big air winner Max Parrot all quite clearly capable of being the best of the best on the right day.
The Japanese meanwhile will be coming through with Takeru Otsuka, Ruki Tobita and Hiroaki Kunitake, while the Norwegians will see 2021 X Games big air winner Marcus Kleveland, Mons Roisland and Fridtjof Tischendorf all dropping in. Leon Vockensperger of Germany, Yiming Su of China, and Niklas Mattsson of Sweden are just a few of the other men who could be in the finals mix in Steamboat.
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