Kings and Queens of Corbet’s 2022 - Highlights in Skiing
Missed the action in Jackson last week? Follow along with Ski Expert Kat Smith as she covers all the excitement that went down at the 2022 Kings and Queens.
The 5th annual Kings and Queens of Corbet’s was successfully completed on Thursday, February 17th. This year’s competition was held under challenging conditions, since much of the United States’ West has below-average snowpack. The few new inches of snow that fell earlier in the week did little to provide a soft landing, so with slick and hard conditions, skiers were forced to try different and more cautious approaches into the couloir than in years past. Although there were no double backflips off the cornice this year, the 23 competitors, who were a combination of skiers and snowboarders, men and women, pros and amateurs, rallied together and overcame the variable conditions, showing off plenty of big air and creative tricks both entering the couloir and on the man-made jumps throughout the run!
Results of the competition were announced at an awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, February 18th. The King and Queen are chosen by the athletes themselves, and judging criteria includes creativity as well as execution. The competitors gathered together after the competition to watch footage and score each run out of a possible 10 points, with the total score combined for each run determining the rankings. And for the first time ever, viewers had the chance to put in their two-cents and vote for the People’s Choice Award!
On the women’s side, the skiers dominated the field. In her first ever Kings and Queens of Corbet’s, Piper Kunst took the title of Queen. Her first run featured a smooth entry into the couloir, which was elusive for many this year due to the variable conditions, and a huge backflip on the “Crowd Pleaser” man-made jump at the bottom of the course. Skiers Juliette Willmann and Molly Arman took second and third place, respectively.
For the men, the top skier was Parkin Costain, who took third place behind snowboarders Hans Mindnich, who took the title of King, and Yuki Kadono, who finished second. Costain previously won the title in 2020.
The first ever People’s Choice Award winner was skier and Jackson Hole local, Corey Jackson. The People’s Choice Award is voted on by tens of thousands of viewers watching live from Jackson Hole, as well as all over the country via the livestream. It was Jackson’s first time competing in Kings and Queens of Corbet’s, and he put on a show for his home-town!
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