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Kyle Mack of Silverthorne wins silver in Olympics snowboarding big air event

Kyle Mack of the United States celebrates after Olympics 2018: Team USA's Kyle Mack takes silver in big air with 'Bloody Dracula'
Frederick Owens | 25 February, 2018, 03:01

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea-Kyle Mack and Red Gerard met at the end of a long snow-fenced chute at the bottom of the Alpensia Skiing Centre's Big Air hill.

Some of the other riders might have bigger tricks with more spins, but the judges recognized the technical difficulty involved in the Bloody Dracula, and Mack showed that a pair of 1440s could be just as tricky - and rewarding - as a trick with more rotations.

But seven of the 12 riders failed to land their third run - including Mack - and only Canada's Toutant could top Mack's combined score of 168.75 from his first two runs. "So I'm at the top and I'm always wondering whether I should do bloody (Dracula) or just the tail (grab) and I was like, 'I'm doing it for snowboard, ' and I just did the bloody Dracula and it worked out". Mack knew he had more consistent tricks in his repertoire that he could attempt on his second run, but he also wanted to do something to set himself apart from his peers. "Since I started doing it, it's gotten more hype and people have realized how hard it is to do the trick and the grab together".

Toutant, who was a member of the Canadian Olympic team at Sochi in 2014 never came close to an Olympic podium.

"Really, really happy [with] the way I rode, I'm really happy on the day and it's a big day for snowboarding, and I'm glad to be Canadian".

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Twenty-year-old Kyle Mack used that trick, his own, self-named variation of a front-side 1440, along with a backside double clutch to claim second place for the U.S.in the high-octane competition, which made its debut at the Winter Olympics this year in Pyeongchang. Download the Team USA app today. It would have been a gold medal run had he stuck the landing, which Parrot was doing in practice, and at the X-Games, where he won last month.

And while it's no surprise the US has performed so well in snowboarding and freeskiing in Pyeongchang, that doesn't mean it was an easy task.

Trump, a senior White House adviser, is in South Korea to lead the US delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Everybody's coming for us. "He turned back to me and goes, 'Bloody?' " Mack recalled with a laugh.

"I'm super proud of the boys, pumping off some huge starts", said Kripps.

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