Kyle Mack practicing in PyeongChang. PHOTO: Mark Clavin
Kyle Mack practicing in PyeongChang. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

2018 Winter Olympic Men’s Big Air Preview with U.S. Snowboarder Kyle Mack

With the men about to drop for Big Air in a few hours, we shot over some texts to U.S. team rider Kyle Mack while he was hanging in the athlete village to check in with how his Olympic experience has gone so far. He competed in slopestyle, just missing out on finals, but looks to make a name for himself in Big Air later tonight. Keep an eye out as he drops in with Mark McMorris, Marcus Kleveland, Torgeir Bergrem, Chris Corning, Red Gerard, Stale Sandbech, Sebbe de Buck, and the rest of the stacked field at the Alpensia venue in PyeongChang tonight! (Check out more 2018 Winter Olympic coverage here!)

The Big Air venue sits in the Mountain Cluster of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

So how is it being a first time Olympian?
It's been amazing! It's like nothing I've ever experienced before.

Everything you thought it would be?
Yeah, so far has just been a crazy journey.

How is the food?
I love Korean food so I've been really enjoying it, but the McDonald's here has been on point as well.

Fueled by McDonalds, Mack sits on top of the drop in during practice. PHOTO: Mark Clavin

How's the athlete village?
It's crazy! So many different people and country's that all want to do the best. It's been a pretty serious vibe but I've tried to be as cheerful as I can be.

Who are you rooming with?
I've been rooming with Red Gerard.

What was it like seeing Red medal?
It was crazy. Seeing one of my closest friends win has been so much fun.

What do you like more, slope or big air?
I like slope more because it shows more of an all around rider, but still very excited for big air.

Will Red Gerard’s roommate win gold in South Korea as well? PHOTO: Mark Clavin

Thoughts on the jump/landing?
The jump is really good and not too much impact on the landing. Mellow.

Were you a fan of the Olympics before?
I have always been a fan. I've wanted to go to the Olympics since I was a kid.

Does the arena feel different with the Olympic rings overshadowing it or is it just a normal contest?
It's a normal contest! I compete with all the same kids all year long and it has added more pressure to some of them but for me, I've just been doing the same thing as I've always done.

What are some differences between the Olympics and X Games or other contests this past year?
It's bigger then any other contest I've been to, and more people watching then I could ever imagine. Pretty insane.

See you in qualifiers Kyle! PHOTO: Mark Clavin

What do you think about snowboarding in the Olympics?
It's a huge showcase. Most people don't get it like other sports, but it's awesome to show what we do to the world.

What would it mean to medal in South Korea?
It would mean a lot. It's a huge thing to do and would be a crazy experience.

Any tricks we can plan on seeing from you?
You'll have to wait and see…

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