The 20-year-old Team USA rider threw down a frontside double cork 1440 with a double tail grab (also known as a bloody Dracula) on Saturday (February 24) for his winning run, earning him a total score of 168.75 and the Olympic silver medal.
“I was at the top [of the jump] contemplating whether I should do the bloody 14 or just do a tail grab,” Mack told ESPN. “But bringing style into snowboarding is the thing I’ve always worked on. Big air has always been one of the most progressive events for snowboarding, but I wish it was more about style and grabs and the technical stuff. That’s something I want to keep fighting for. Before I dropped in for my second run, I was like, I’m doing this for snowboarding.”
Mack’s score of 168.75 was 5.5 points behind the winning score of 174.25 that went to Sebastien Toutant of Canada. Great Britain’s Billy Morgan won the bronze medal with a 168.00.
Other Team USA members Chris Corning finished fourth with his score of 153.00, while Red Gerard, the gold medalist in snowboard slopestyle earlier in the Games and Mack’s roommate, was fifth with a 143.00.
Congrats, Kyle on an amazing Olympic debut!