Canada's Toutant wins gold in snowboard big air at Olympic Games


Sebastien Toutant soothed Canada's wounded pride by winning the first Olympic men's snowboarding big air gold medal on Saturday, taking the title with a combined score of 174.25 from his two best runs in the Pyeongchang Winter Games final.

He joins Jasey-Jay Anderson, victor of the parallel giant slalom at Vancouver 2010, and Ross Rebagliati, the giant slalom champion at Nagano 1998, in becoming a male Canadian Olympic gold medallist in snowboard.

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

"To be able to show up and to show the world what I can do is just awesome".

He was followed by the United States' Kyle Mack (168.75) and Britain's Billy Morgan (168).

The gold was also Canada's 500th Olympic medal in all Winter and Summer Games.

"I can't believe it", Morgan said.

"It blows my mind actually". After posting a solid score on his first trick, Mack opted for a signature move in his second run and nailed it. Only Kyle Mack (USA) was ideally placed to challenge as a number of highly credentialed competitors failed to land the spectacular and technical jumps required to challenge for a medal.

Teenage Redmond Gerard, who captured the first gold medal for the U.S. in PyeongChang in the slopestyle event two weeks ago, finished fifth.

Austria's Anna Gasser won the inaugural women's event on Thursday (February 22).