U.S. snowboarder Kyle Mack used stylish and creative grabs on his tricks to end up with a silver medal, and Billy Morgan took bronze to help Great Britain achieve its best Winter Olympic medal haul ever. A Canadian has claimed the gold medal in men's snowboard big air, but not the one most people expected. Sebastien Toutant won the first-ever Olympic title for men's big air, while compatriots Max Parrot and Mark McMorris the pre-event favorites both had multiple falls that took them out of medal contention.
In the final, each of the 12 riders had three attempts at a trick. Each rider's top two scores were then added together to get their total score, with the caveat that the two scores had to come from different tricks. Toutant got off to a good start by land a cab triple cork 1620 on his first run. Then he moved on to a backside 1620 on his second run. The backside 1620 ended up being the highest-scoring trick of the day and, when combined with his first-run score, moved him into the lead. We are extremely proud of Mark McMorris. His tenacity and courage inspire people across the world. Here’s what I had said about his accomplishment during my recent Townhall with students.