Back in 2010, Norwegian Torstein Horgmo achieved a world first when he successfully landed a triple cork on a snowboard. Few would have expected that within three years the exact same trick would be accomplished by a junior. But that's exactly what happened when 13-year-old fellow Norwegian Marcus Kleveland became the youngest athlete by some margin to accomplish arguably the most progressive trick in snowboarding.
Marcus grew up a stones throw from the slopes of Dombås, Norway, and his parents never had to chase him out to practice. “This is something I do for myself, because I think it’s fun. Nobody is pushing me to do this," he says. He has been snowboarding since the age of 3, and completing double corks since he was 11.
More recently he set his sights on an even greater challenge. As Marcus explains; “I was inspired when I saw Torstein Horgmo landed the triple cork for the first time three years ago. Since then I have wanted to try it, and the first time I dared to try was at the Red Bull Performance Camp in Sun Valley last year. But the jump there was too small, and I landed on ice." This time, as captured on video here, conditions were perfect.
Unsurprisingly, Marcus has caught the attention of the elite snowboarding community, not least American pro Louie Vito. Louie had this to say about the exceptionally promising youngster; “I remember seeing an edit of Marcus a couple of years ago and I had to ask my Norwegian friends who this was from that was so sick. I’m stoked to see him progressing at such a fast rate but having fun doing it at the same time. I hope to see this kid around for years to come!"