Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris takes bronze in men's slopestyle at Pyongchang

12 Febrero, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris takes bronze in men's slopestyle at Pyongchang

Max Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec won the Olympic silver medal and Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan won the Olympic bronze medal in the men's slopestyle snowboarding. The pair finished behind Redmond Gerard of the USA who won gold with his best score of 87.16.

Canadian Maxence Parrot took silver with his final run, tipping compatriot Mark McMorris - the leader after two completed rounds - into the bronze medal position. McMorris, who suffered a tragic injury in the run up to the Games, finished in third with a 85.20. The competition was fierce but our athletes once again showed incredible perseverance and blew us away with awesome performances that resulted in Canada's first medals of the Games! A former slopestyle world champion, O'Brien finished a disappointing 12th after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis right before the Sochi Games.

It's the second Olympic bronze for McMorris, who is coming back from life-threatening injuries suffered in a backcountry crash less than a year ago.

According to CBC, McMorris was knocked unconscious from the fall and had to be airlifted to Vancouver for emergency surgery to control his bleeding and also fix the breaks to his jaw and arm. He broke his jaw, left arm, ruptured his spleen, his left lung collapsed and fractured his pelvis and ribs in the near-death accident.

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What followed was an arduous recovery process, including 10 days in the hospital, a liquid diet that lasted six weeks and hours of daily physical therapy. I think a lot of time I need to pinch myself because now I feel so good and comfortable on my board, but eight months ago I probably didn't think I was going to be able to snowboard at this level ever again. - Canadian ice dancer Scott Moir on Canada's chances for gold in the figure skating team event.

Most of the slopestyle competitors will also compete in the big air event in Pyeongchang, a new addition to the Olympic program for 2018. "I was just so frustrated and so scared for my second run, because imagine if that happened for my second run?"

In the men's 5000m speed skating, the Netherland's Sven Kramer won gold ahead of Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen and Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen in bronze.

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