Snowboarders Parrot and McMorris Capture Silver and Bronze at Pyeongchang Olympics

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2018

Snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris claimed Canada's first medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics Saturday night in the men's slopestyle event in Pyeongchang.

Parrot, 23, fell on his second-last jumps in each of his first two runs, but then lowered the degree of difficulty on his final run, performed it cleanly, and won the silver with a score of 86.00. - Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris on winning a bronze medal in slopestyle less than a year after suffering life-threatening injuries in a backcountry crash.

In his first qualifying run at the men's slopestyle event, Mark McMorris rode cleanly and scored 83.70, which booked him nearly certain passage to Sunday's final.

Sebastian Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., was third in the first heat, earning 78.01 points in his first run. "Despite all the skiers were so tough, it was such a hard year and I feel stronger than I was back in Sochi actually".

Nicholson was one of four Canadians to make the 12-man slopestyle final.

"It's my first Olympic medal, so it's a little check next to that", said Parrot.

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The two Canadians finished behind 17-year-old American Redmond Gerard, who gave the USA its first gold of 2018 with a score of 87.16. "The weather's really challenging today, but I'm stoked I was able to put it down, you know?"

While they're both Canadians, the rivalry between Parrot and McMorris is undeniable. His score of 87.16 was just enough to slip by Parrot.

Every boarder had three runs on the course, with each athlete's result calculated as the best score of the three as assessed by the nine judges. "I saw Red landing his run".

"Very much so, it is really cool that I can snowboard again", he said. "And I think for the show it's better, too".

"I hope we are all going to ride good, and if we sweep it, that would be so sick", Toutant said.

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