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Kiwi snowboarder Carlos Garcia Knight crashes out of Olympic medal contention

Kiwi snowboarder Carlos Garcia Knight crashes out of Olympic medal contention

Garcia Knight produced a stunning performance on Wednesday to qualify top in the event.

He crashed out in the first two runs of the day in the big air final, knocking himself out of medal contention.

He said he was proud of his efforts at the Games, despite missing out on a medal.

But the Kiwi snowboarder wasn't able to land the switch backside 1620, the trick which earned him the highest score in the qualifiers. I feel like I was running well in training. there was a lot going on, you know.

With his medal hopes dashed, Garcia Knight didn't risk a big trick on his third and final run and eventually finished down in 11th in the 12-man field.

"I'm not super excited with how it all went but I am proud of this Winter Olympics, it's been huge".




The small room at his father's Christchurch restaurant was crammed with nervous friends and family watching back home. I can't even express that enough.

"I'm so excited for the next one already". I would've thought after the Olympics I would've been burnt out and over it but far out it's the complete opposite. "That's pretty exciting on its own".

Lining up in the second group of qualifiers, that exceeded the 92.5 of top first group qualifier, Canadian Max Parrott, and the 96.0 from Swiss competitor Jonas Boesiger in Garcia Knight's group.

"Really it just came down to snowboarding", he told Sky Sport.

Canada's Sebastien Toutant won the gold medal with a combined score of 174.25, ahead of Kyle Mack (United States) on 168.75 and Briton Billy Morgan taking bronze with 168 points.


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