Just a few hours after after the torch entered PyeongChang’s Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, a field of 37 riders kicked off the snowboarding portion of the 2018 Games with the men’s slopestyle qualifiers. Divided into morning and afternoon heats, Marcus Kleveland led the morning pack with an 83.71, while Parrot led the day with an 87.36. Their fellow countrymen had an impressive showing as well, with all four Canadian and Norwegian team riders making it through to finals set for tomorrow morning.
Clemens Millauer, Kyle Mack, Rene Rinnekangas, Roope Tonteri, Yuri Okubo, all had impressive performances to the delight of the crowd, but they were all just outside the top six for qualifying in their respective heats. The lone American to make it through, 17-year-old Red Gerard, will try and best a stacked field consisting of Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant, Mons Roisland, Torgeir Bergrem, Stale Sandbech, Tyler Nicholson, New Zealand’s Carlos Garcia Knight, Belgium’s Seppe Smits, Sweden’s Niklas Mattsson, and of course Parrot and Kleveland set to drop at 10:00am in Phoenix Park.