Max Parrot about to make that jump his bitch.
Night Shift: Tom Copsey, all on his own LOLZ
After the female riders delivered an frankly mind-blowing Olympic debut for snowboarding Big Air at Pyeongchang 2018, it’s now the turn of the men. With triples aplenty and rotations consistently in the 1620s (and even 1800s), forget kicking back with a beer for this one – it’s a sea-sickness tablet that you’ll need.
“it looks like the jump in Pyeongchang doesn’t lend itself to quad corks”
Fortunately/unfortunately (delete according to preference), it looks like the jump in Pyeongchang doesn’t lend itself to quad corks. That’s potentially bad news for Chris Corning and Billy Morgan, both of whom have one in the tank. Max Parrot and Marcus Kleveland do too, of course, but their track record at winning big events with just triples will stand them in good stead nonetheless.
Indeed, based on recent results it’s safe to assume that Max, Marcus or Mark McMorris will take this one. The field is strong throughout though, with Stale Sandbech, Seb Toots and slopestyle winner Red Gerard all amongst the likely challengers. We’re also hoping that Peetu Piiroinen, the one-time god of Big Air, can show the form he did in the halfpipe and make another Olympic final.
Unlike the women’s qualification, where all the ladies went in one big two-run super heat, the dudes were split into two heats for their qualis. Six dudes from each heat would advance to the finals, ensuring plenty of squeaky bum time as tickets were at a premium, and so under perfect bluebird skies, things got rolling…