Sebastien Toutant, first Olympic men’s big air champ, to sit out at least this season

Sebastien Toutant
Sebastien Toutant

Canadian Sébastien Toutant, the first man to win an Olympic big air title in 2018, said he will take at least this season off from competition to focus on snowboard filming.

“Will see what happens for next season,” Toutant said in an email, confirming a report from Le Journal de Quebec.

Toutant, 30, crashed in big air qualifying as defending Olympic champion this past February. Toutant, who in practice had bruised his heel so bad that he was barely able to walk, was helped off with a sore back and neck and a bloody mouth, too.

China’s Su Yiming ended up winning.

Toutant is the oldest of Canada’s golden generation of male snowboarders. Olympic slopestyle champion Max Parrot and three-time Olympic medalist Max McMorris are both 28.

Toutant, a Québécois known as “Seb Toots,” started riding at age 9 after his parents refused to replace his broken skis, forcing him to take runs on his brother’s old snowboard.

In addition to his Olympic title, Toutant won the X Games Aspen slopestyle in 2011.

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