Canadian wins gold medal as men's big air makes Olympic debut

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The 25-year-old posted 84.75 points on his first run and 89.50 on his second for a combined score of 174.25 at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre. When it came time for his second run, Toutant made sure to vault above the rest of the field.

The United States' Kyle Mack won the silver medal with 168.75 points and Great Britain's Billy Morgan took bronze with 168.00.

Reigning world silver medalist Chris Corning and slopestyle Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard also competed in the finals for Team USA, finishing just off the podium in fourth and fifth, respectively. Riders were evaluated on the difficulty of the tricks, execution of the run, amplitude of the techniques and landing of the jumps.

Toutant hadn't won a World Cup in big air since 2011 in Stoneham, Que. He brought home 11th gold to Canada's team at the 2018 Olympic Games; Canada's team has 28 medals (11-8-9) in total.

The first athlete to land a triple cork Japan in a snowboarding competition, Mack pulled out all the stops in the final, landing 88.50 on his first jump and 86.75 his second jump to earn silver.

Sebastien Toutant of Canada celebrates with his national flag after winning gold medal at Pyeongchang.

Morgan's bronze makes it five medals for GB in Pyeongchang - the nation's most successful Winter Olympics in history.

Parrot, 23, was in position to knock Toutant from the top of the podium with his final run, but he flubbed his jump.

Entering the contest, two other Canadians, Mark McMorris and Max Parrot, were considered consensus favorites after teaming up to win medals in the men's slopestyle earlier in the Games.



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