3 to see: Summit County snowboarders Chris Corning, Red Gerard, Kyle Mack go for big air Olympic medals Friday
Although Summit County is 16 hours behind the time in Pyeongchang, South Korea, NBCOlympics.com is providing those who want to gorge on Olympics content the opportunity to watch every event live via NBCOlympics.com/video.
LISTEN: U.S. snowboarder Dylan Thomas previews the debut Olympic snowboard big air competition, featuring Summit County snowboarders Corning, Gerard and Mack
That said, here are three events for Summit County sports fans to see on Friday:
What: Men’s big air, medal round
When: 6 p.m MST
Where to watch: http://stream.nbcolympics.com/snowboarding-mens-big-air-final
Why: Because all three Summit County boys have a shot at one last Olympic medal. Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard, 18-year-old Chris Corning and 20-year-old Kyle Mack all reside in Silverthorne, and all three have the tricks to medal in this round, which will be scored using the best combined two scores out of three attempts. Gerard will drop in first of the dozen big air competitors after he qualified with the lowest score in the qualifying round. The West Bloomfield, Michigan-born Mack will drop in seventh, and will be the final American rider to post a score before the heavy-hitting international group comprised of medal favorites Mark McMorris of Canada, Niklas Matsson of Sweden, Jonas Boesiger of Switzerland, Max Parrot of Canada and, the final rider, Carlos Garcia Knight of New Zealand.
After a qualifying round where many snowboarders attempted similar versions of the same trick (a backside triple cork 1440) look for these riders to showcase a lot more variety in order to get the attention of the judges. It’s no secret many of the best riders, including Corning, held back their biggest and best tricks for the final. And if Corning is able to stomp his boldest trick, a backside quad cork 1800 (four inversions, five spins), he will be right in medal contention.
What: Alpine skiing, team event
When: 7 p.m. MST
Where to watch: http://stream.nbcolympics.com/alpine-skiing-team-event
Why: Because this is the first time a mixed-alpine team event will ever take place at an Olympics. The event will consist of 16 teams taking part in eight first round heats before the knockout format gives way to quarterfinals, semifinals and a gold medal match — all back-to-back-to-back Friday night. Four skiers will take part from each country — two women and two men — competing against other national teams in a series of head-to-head slalom races.
What: Men’s curling, gold medal match: Team USA vs. Sweden
When: 11:35 p.m. MST
Where to watch: http://stream.nbcolympics.com/curling-mens-gold-medal-match
Why: Because, though they may be “rejects,” these are our star-spangled rejects. And they are at the icy doorstep of history. The United States’ men’s curling team, comprised of skip John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner, defeated Canada early Thursday morning (MST) to advance to take on Sweden in the gold medal match. Whatever happens on Friday night, the red, white and blue is assured its best finish ever in the event.
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