KREISCHBERG, Austria (AP) – Switzerland’s Markus Keller won the halfpipe title Friday after arriving at the snowboarding world championships on crutches.
Stefan Karlsson of Sweden was second and Steven Fisher of the United States was third. Another American, Seth Wescott, was 10th.
“I’m speechless, it’s a miracle,” said Keller, who won his first major medal. “I didn’t think this was possible after I tore my ligaments.”
Keller was awarded 45.3 points, Karlsson finished with 43.6 and Fisher, the junior world champion, had 43.3.
Fisher led in qualifying and was hoping to make up for the loss of the top Americans who skipped the event, including Olympic champion Ross Powers.
“I just wanted to bring this home,” Fisher said. “I wanted to keep the Americans on top and I wanted to see if could pull this off.”
He won his junior world title in Finland last year and recently established himself as one of the most promising new halfpipers.
The women’s halfpipe Thursday was won by France’s Doriane Vidal.