American Kyle Mack grabs silver medal in snowboarding big air competition

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sebastien Toutant soothed Canada's wounded pride by winning the first Olympic men's snowboarding big air gold medal on Saturday, taking the title with a combined score of 174.25 from his two best runs in the Pyeongchang Winter Games final.

American Kyle Mack, cheered on by U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, took the silver with 168.75 points, while Britain's Billy Morgan won the bronze with 168.00.

Trump, a senior White House adviser, is in South Korea to lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. She met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump and Lauren Gibbs attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool
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Ivanka Trump (C), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives with White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L), at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ivanka Trump (L), advisor to and daughter of US President Donald Trump, arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon on February 23, 2018, to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on February 25. Trump's daughter Ivanka arrived in Seoul on February 23 to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, where a top North Korean general will also be present. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ahn Young-joon (Photo credit should read AHN YOUNG-JOON/AFP/Getty Images)
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South Korean President Moon Jae-In shakes hands with Ivanka Trump during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Min-Hee/Pool
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero, Ivanka Trump and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attend the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
ALPENSIA, Pyeongchang- FEBRUARY 23 - Ivanka Trump reacts to a jump by American Snowboarder Chris Corning at Men's Big Air competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Alpensia in Pyeongchang in South Korea. February 23, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang, Gangwon - FEBRUARY 24 : Pyeongchang, Gangwon - FEBRUARY 24 : Ivanka Trump reacts as she watches U.S.A's Kyle Mack compete in the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final with White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders; IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. February 24, 2018 (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: In this handout image provided by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) talks with Ivanka Trump (L) during their dinner at the Presidential Blue House on February 23, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and to meet South Korean President Moon. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)
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PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25, 2018: South Korea's President Moon Jae-in with his wife Kim Jung-sook, and US Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump (L-R) attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump poses for a selfie with Lauren Gibbs as they attend the 4-man Boblseigh on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump watches the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump holds the silver medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (not pictured) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre, before the before the ski jump tower, during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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The 25-year-old Toutant collected his first Olympic medal with the victory after finishing 11th in the snowboarding slopestyle event. He also competed in the slopestyle in Sochi four years ago but did not make the podium.

The gold will come as some welcome good news for Canadian sports fans, who are mourning a string of defeats in ice hockey and curling, sports they traditionally dominate at the Olympics.

New Zealander Carlos Garcia Knight, who topped the qualifying competition, failed to deliver in the final and finished a disappointing 11th of 12 riders.

The big air event was making its Olympic debut in South Korea, with Austrian Anna Gasser winning the women's gold medal on Thursday.

(Reporting by Peter Rutherford; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. celebrates with his national flag. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 10, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Slopestyle Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 10, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. reacts. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. celebrates with his national flag. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. celebrates with his national flag. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. celebrates with his national flag. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S., Sebastien Toutant of Canada, and Billy Morgan of Britain react during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S. reacts. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Big Air Finals - Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 24, 2018 - Kyle Mack of the U.S., Sebastien Toutant of Canada, and Billy Morgan of Britain react during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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