Following Anna Gasser's performance in the women's qualifier earlier this week, Big Air debuted for the men as at the 2018 Winter Olympics under sunny skies and a large crowd. Canada's Max Parrot lead the pack in the first heat with a score of 92.50 after landing a textbook frontside triple cork 1440, followed closely behind Niklas Mattson of Sweden and the USA's Kyle Mack.



Mack chose a different route, going backside triple 1440 with a Japan grab that was easily one of our highlights from the whole Olympics. Rounding out the six to qualify from the first heat was USA's Chris Corning, Switzerland's Michael Schaerer, and the golden boy from slopestyle, Red Gerard.



For the second heat, the group of riders arguably threw down a bit harder with Carlos Garcia Knight scoring the highest on the day with a huge 97.50 on a massive switch backside 1620 on his second run. The lowest score advancing from the second heat was a 90.50 (posted by Billy Morgan), which was higher than 5 out of 6 qualifiers making it out of the first. Notably, one of the favorites to win it all, Marcus Kleveland, did not advance to the finals after he was unable to land a run on either of his two tries.



The lone Norwegian to advance to the finals will be Torgeir Bergrem, who posted a 94.25 on his first run and then proceeded to set the snowboarding world on fire with a switch back 540 method that despite its score, had everyone claiming the best drop of the night. Canadian heavyweights Mark McMorris and Seb Toots had strong showings to qualify, while their fellow countryman Tyler Nicholson just missed the finals by a point. If that was just the qualifiers, we can't wait to see what goes down in finals. Full results below:

Heat 1 Qualifiers:
Max Parrot – 92.50
Niklas Mattsson – 90.00
Kyle Mack – 88.75
Chris Corning — 88.00
Michael Schaerer — 87.00
Red Gerard — 85.00

Heat 2 Qualifiers:
Carlos Garcia Knight — 97.50
Jonas Boesiger — 96.00
Mark McMorris — 95.75
Torgeir Bergrem — 94.25
Seb Toots — 91.00
Billy Morgan — 90.50

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