Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Olympics: Snowboarding - Canadian Toutant wins men's big air gold

Mack celebrates winning the silver medal during the Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Mack celebrates winning the silver medal during the Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Kristopher Love | 24 February, 2018, 07:55

Canada's Sebastien Toutant bounced back from last place in the slopestyle to win the first ever snowboard big air Olympic title on Saturday in Pyeongchang, in front of the watching Ivanka Trump.

It ultimately did not matter that he failed to land his final run in an event which sees athletes' total scores made up of their best two attempts.

Toutant finished 11th in slopestyle last week. Canadians won 14 gold medals in Vancouver in 2010.

"I just love snowboarding so much and I've been through so much lately", Toutant said.

Big air jumpers each get three runs to throw down massive tricks, and their two best scores are added together to determine their ranking.

USA snowboarder Kyle Mack utilized snappy and imaginative gets on his traps to wind up with a silver award, and Billy Morgan took bronze to enable Great Britain to accomplish its best Winter Olympic decoration pull ever.

The 25-year-old from L'Assomption, Que., scored 84.75 points on his first run and 89.50 on his second for a combined 174.25 points.

"I never saw this moment coming".

Norway's Torgeir Bergrem ended up seventh having led after the first run with 88.50 points, the second best single-run score of the competition. Jumps are judged based on difficulty and execution - including amplitude and landing.

Red Gerard, who captured the first gold medal for the United States in Pyeongchang in the slopestyle event two weeks ago, finished fifth.

Parrot and McMorris were considered medal favourites for big air, which was making its Olympic debut.