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Chris Corning wins snowboard big air with quad 1800 at Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park

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American Chris Corning and Japanese Reira Iwabuchi just missed the podium in PyeongChang, each finishing fourth in snowboard big air’s Olympic debut. Neither would be denied at a unique contest Friday, a big air competition inside the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park.

Corning, 20, rallied on his last of three runs, overtaking Canadian Nicolas Laframboise with a 95.25-point score on a quad cork.

“It was a bit of disbelief and a lot of anxiety is relieved from this body,” Corning said on NBCSN. “It’s always super scary trying it.”

Corning was the first U.S. man to qualify for PyeongChang in slopestyle and big air but was left off the podium in South Korea when he just missed landing an ambitious quad cork 1800 on his last run in the big air final.

Iwabuchi, 18, landed a double cork backside 1080 and a double underflip 900 on her first two runs on Friday, according to TV commentators. Her last run was a victory lap, the title already clinched.

Friday’s finals lacked PyeongChang Olympic big air champions Sebastien Toutant of Canada and Anna Gasser of Austria, who were not in the fields.

PyeongChang slopestyle gold medalists Jamie Anderson and Red Gerard did compete, but Anderson crashed out in practice before the final and Gerard was eliminated in qualifying.

The big air competition at SunTrust Park concludes Saturday with the ski event, which makes its Olympic debut in Beijing in 2022.

The fields include Olympic ski slopestyle champion Sarah Höfflin of Switzerland two-time Olympic ski slopestyle medalist American Nick Goepper. NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app air live coverage at 7 p.m. ET.

About 900,000 pounds of snow were brought to the ballpark with a 15-story ramp installed. It’s similar to a big air contest at Fenway Park held in 2016.

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Big air event at Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park highlights Olympic sports weekend action

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About 900,000 pounds of snow sit inside the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park, where the world’s best big air snowboarders and skiers will descend a 15-story ramp for a unique World Cup event Friday and Saturday.

NBCSN airs live coverage of snowboard finals Friday and ski finals Saturday, both at 7 p.m. ET. NBC airs coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. All coverage streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Each field features an Olympic champion: Americans Jamie Anderson and Red Gerard in snowboard and Norwegian Øystein Bråten, Swiss Sarah Höfflin and Canadian Dara Howell in ski.

Other big air events have been held at famous stadiums, including inside Fenway Park in 2016, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadiumthe San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and outside the Rose Bowl.

In other sports, the men’s Alpine skiing World Cup has four straight days of races in Italy beginning with a super-G and downhill in Val Gardena on Friday and Saturday.

Americans Tommy Ford, coming off his first World Cup win in Beaver Creek, Colo., and double Olympic champion Ted Ligety are podium contenders in Alta Badia, where a giant slalom and parallel giant slalom are slated Sunday and Monday.

The women race a downhill and combined in Val d’Isere, France, on Saturday and Sunday. Mikaela Shiffrin was due to race speed at the venue for the first time in her career before withdrawing on Thursday. Italians Sofia Goggia and Federica Brignone are among the contenders.

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 5:30 a.m. Men’s SG — Val Gardena Olympic Channel
Saturday 4:15 a.m. Women’s DH – Val d’Isere Olympic Channel
5:45 a.m. Men’s DH — Val Gardena Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m.* Men’s DH — Val Gardena NBCSN
Sunday 7 a.m. Men’s GS – Alta Badia Olympic Channel
8 a.m. Women’s SC – Val d’Isere Olympic Channel
7:30 p.m.* Women’s SC – Val d’Isere NBCSN
Monday 12 p.m. Men’s PGS – Alta Badia Olympic Channel

*Delayed broadcast

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Max Parrot, Olympic silver medalist snowboarder, beats cancer

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Max Parrot, the Canadian Olympic snowboard slopestyle silver medalist, said he beat cancer, after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on Dec. 21.

“After battling myself to the best I could during these past 7 months, I can finally say that I have won against cancer!!” was posted on Parrot’s Instagram. Parrot wrote that he underwent 12 rounds of chemotherapy, the last in June.

Parrot, a 25-year-old Quebecois, will return to competition at X Games Norway on Aug. 31. Parrot owns five X Games Aspen titles between big air and slopestyle, including three straight big air crowns before he had to miss this past January’s event.

In PyeongChang, Parrot took slopestyle silver behind American Red Gerard and was ninth in big air two weeks later.

“I’ve beaten cancer, but my body is not back to normal yet,” Parrot said, according to the Canadian Press. “I feel like I’m getting back my muscles and my cardio and my energy, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

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