Olympics 2018: Team USA's Kyle Mack takes silver in big air with 'Bloody Dracula'
The 20-year-old snowboarder claims second place with a trick of his own in the big air event
Team USA is up a silver medal after Friday night's big air snowboarding competition, and it can thank "Bloody Dracula."
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.
Mack's 168.75 total points over three runs bested the 168 compiled by Great Britain's Billy Morgan, who earned bronze. But it was the "Bloody Dracula" that quickly became the talk of the youngster's Winter Games debut.
Two of Mack's U.S. teammates could've joined him on the podium if not for either a slow start or late crash, too.
Seventeen-year-old phenom Red Gerard, who took gold in slopestyle during his Olympic debut, landed all three of his runs but had to climb out of a 34-point hole against Canadian gold medalist Sebastien Toutant after a 65.5-point second try, which ultimately left him in fifth place. And Chris Corning, an 18-year-old Winter X Games star, went big with an attempted backside quad 1800 on his final jump but couldn't stick his landing, ending with 153 total points in fourth place.
Corning wasn't the only one to crash upon coming down, either, as the big air event was dotted with some landings as intense as the competition's close finish. Two of the 12 snowboarders who qualified opted either not to participate in a third and final run or stop altogether after opening-run falls.
Entering the contest, two other Canadians, Mark McMorris and Max Parrot, were considered consensus favorites after teaming up to win medals in the men's slopestyle earlier in the Games. Both owned reputations for big air, with Parrot especially figuring to draw eyes thanks to his trick experimentation.
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