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China's Su tops slopestyle qualifying; USA's Gerard, FitzSimons also make final

China's Su tops slopestyle qualifying; USA's Gerard, FitzSimons also make final
Posted at 2:45 AM, Feb 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-06 07:00:00-05

Su Yiming of China on Sunday posted the best score of the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying round, while Americans Sean FitzSimons and Red Gerard, the defending gold medalist, placed a respective third and fifth, all securing top-12 spots for Monday's final.

Gerard, trying to become the event's first rider to repeat titles, executed a great rail routine in his opening run and threw down a frontside double cork 1080 off "The Matrix" section to score a 78.20. FitzSimons hit a frontside triple cork 1440 on the same jump to record a 78.76 on Run 1.

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Team USA's Chis Corning placed 11th with a 69.30 on his second run to also qualify for the final.

Su landed a cab triple cork 1440 off the "Twisted Sisters" skew jumps for an 86.80. He made history in December by becoming the first Chinese snowboarder to win a World Cup big air contest.

Monday's final begins at 11 p.m. Sunday ET.

SEE MORE: How to watch Red Gerard at the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC and Peacock