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Marcus Kleveland is back, and everyone is stoked

Everyone in the snowboarding community, at least.

Mr. Knucklehuck is healthy and back at what he’s doing best: cruising around the kickers to throw mind-blowing tricks off the knuckle while mitigating minimal distance from the ground.

Kleveland’s Instagram videos drew lots of hype before last winter’s competition circuit. That hype came to a crashing halt in December when the Norwegian rider broke his kneecap on a rail at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge.

In a year he was expected to lead with momentum, he instead spent most of 2019 in physical therapy.

A Kleveland-inspired event

The tricks Kleveland inspired can be tough to encompass in words. Perhaps that’s why during the Wendy’s Snowboard Knuckle Huck competition at X Games Aspen 2019, the sponsor humorously made up trick names such as the “Double Baconator Backside Cork 1969.”

The competition, the first of its kind, took place without the pioneering athlete who pushed this style of snowboarding. Nonetheless, the competitors put on a show.

It was a thirty-minute heat, full of creative tricks involving penguin slides, turtle spins and a relaxed, fun vibe you usually don’t see in high-profile competition. In the end, Kleveland’s fellow countryman Fridtjof Sæther Tischendorf, better known as “Fridge,” took the gold back to Norway.

It was “definitely not a contest vibe,” Fridge told reporters after the competition.

“(It was) the most fun I’ve ever had, for sure.”

Kleveland gives shoutout to Vail Health

In an Instagram post following his injury, Kleveland gave a shoutout to our local health professionals on the stellar job they did putting him back together.

“I want to send a very special thanks to Dr. Tom Hacket and his staff at the Steadman Clinic along with everyone at the Vail Health Facility for taking such good care of me during my stay,” Kleveland wrote.

We, too, are thankful.

Welcome back, Marcus. We’re stoked to see you back on the board.