Canadian snowboarder Toutant wins Big Air

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Canadian snowboarder Toutant wins Big Air

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Sebastien Toutant kept waiting for the pain in his back to ease.

Toutant, who had high scores of 84.75 and 89.50 for a total of 174.25 on his two runs, was a cut above American Kyle Mack and Great Britain's Billy Morgan, who took the silver and bronze, respectively, with scores of 168.75 and 168.00 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre. Ivanka Trump, a daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, took in the event along with Kim Jung-sook, wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Wearing a red ski suit with a blue knit United States of America cap, Trump joined Kim Jung-sook, wife of South Korean president Moon Jae-in, in the middle of the grandstand. The gold will come as some welcome good news for Canadian sports fans, who are mourning a string of defeats in ice hockey and curling, sports they traditionally dominate at the Olympics.

Toutant's gold was the fourth snowboard medal of Pyeongchang 2018 for the Canadians.

It was just two years ago that a giant big air ramp suddenly rose up above Fenway Park's Green Monster, and the world's best snowboarders arrived in Boston to showcase a fast-rising discipline within an already popular sport.

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In big air, each rider gets three runs with the points from their top two combined for a total score. "I put down my first two runs, I mean, that's the best scenario you can ask for", he added.

A Canadian athlete won a gold medal in the big air snowboarding event on Day 15 of the 2018 Winter Olympics, while news of another Canadian athlete was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle.

Sebastien Toutant nabbed the gold medal in the snowboarding big air competition.

"The whole reason I wanted to do snowboarding is to bring style into snowboarding, it's the main thing I've always worked at", he added.

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The 20-year-old's first jump was a backside triple cork 1440 with a Japan grab. "Sometimes I like to play with a really small hand and I just bet on it and then see where it goes. It blows my mind actually", the 28-year-old said.

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

Parrot was first in his Olympic qualifying heat earlier in the week with 92.50 points while McMorris placed third in his heat despite a massive 95.75-point run.

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