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

12 February, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Canada wins two Olympic medals in slopestyle snowboarding

The pair finished behind Redmond Gerard of the USA who won gold with his best score of 87.16.

The North Bay native finished 7th in the Men's Slopestyle Final which took place tonight at the Phoenix Snow Park in PyeongChang.

McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt. It was the second consecutive Olympic Winter Games that McMorris won slopestyle snowboarding bronze as he finished third with broken ribs at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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. The bronze medallist in slopestyle at Sochi - where he rode on a recently broken rib - crashed into a tree in the Whistler backcountry a year ago, shattering several bones and requiring multiple surgeries to correct life-threatening injuries.

That result pushed McMorris into the bronze medal spot.

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Max Parrot, far left, and Mark McMorris, far right, earned Canada's first two medals of this year's Winter Olympics on Saturday night. He spent 10 days in hospital and was on a liquid diet for six weeks.

McMorris survived and in his comeback to competition, a big air World Cup in Beijing in November 2017, he triumphed.

The women's slopestyle qualification is set for Monday afternoon.

And so, all four Canadians will compete in the final that begins Sunday morning in Pyeongchang, Saturday evening in Canada.

In taking silver and bronze respectively, the pair also made history by giving Canada its first ever double podium in an Olympic snowboard event, according to the Canadian Olympic Team.

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