More than a few unexpected things happened at the Beijing 2022 men’s snowboard big air qualifying, which took place late Sunday night/early Monday am in the United States.
Twelve men were qualified for the big air final, and just like in the women’s qualifying, the results were surprising.
According to U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Beijing 2022 silver medalist Julia Marino did not start due to an injury sustained in practise, while Jamie Anderson, who won gold in slopestyle and silver in big air at Pyeongchang 2018, did not make it to the final.
Defending Olympic big air champion Sebastien Toutant of Canada failed to put down two clean passes in the men’s qualifier, where 29 competitors from 14 countries attempted to advance to the final.
Toutant crashed badly on his third run, but with assistance he was able to walk off the course.
Mark McMorris, a teammate of Toutant’s and a fellow rider representing Canada, said the Canadian Press that, during practise, Toutant had damaged his heel and stayed with the medics until “90 seconds before his jump” (via TSN).
Staale Sandbech of Norway, who was competing in his fourth Winter Olympics, also failed to make it to the final round.
Max Parrot of Canada qualified first with a cumulative score of 164.75 (from his two best runs), followed by Takeru Otsuka of Japan (160) and Red Gerard of the United States (159). (158.75).
Our breakdown of the 12 riders racing in the final, airing late Monday night in the US (early Tuesday morning in Beijing), will help you pick the winners.
Men’s Big Air Start List
- Darcy Sharpe, Canada
- Niek van der Velden, Netherlands
- Chris Corning, United States
- Mons Roisland, Norway
- Mark McMorris, Canada
- Sven Thorgren, Sweden
- Marcus Kleveland, Norway
- Su Yiming, China
- Hiroaki Kunitake, Japan
- Red Gerard, United States
- Takeru Otsuka, Japan
- Max Parrot, Canada
Men’s Big Air Odds
- Max Parrot +225 (bet $100 to win $225)
- Marcus Kleveland +400
- Takera Otsuka +550
- Red Gerard +600
What Time is Men’s Snowboarding Tonight
- Date: Tuesday, Feb. 15
- Time: 12 a.m. ET
- TV: NBC
- Live Stream: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
Judging in the men’s large air final is a major unknown.
Judging is the last thing anyone wants to be talking about during an Olympic event, yet on February 7th, it was the main focus of the men’s snowboard slopestyle final. (Any rider who competes in Olympic slopestyle is eligible to compete in big air.)
Judges in that tournament missed the fact that gold medalist Parrot had grasped his knee instead of the nose of his board.
If the judges had deducted points from Parrot on the missed grab, silver medalist Su Yiming and bronze medalist Mark McMorris would have finished within three points of him, changing the podium order.
Judging is also a problem in the extreme sport of big air, which is quite unfortunate. Athletes were at a loss to explain the erratic scoring that occurred throughout qualifying.
Gerard got a score of 75.50 on his first trick, a switch backside triple cork 1620 indy (4.5 rotations, 3.5 off-axis flips). thanks for reading our article What Time is Men’s Snowboarding Tonight.