Canada medals but Nicholson comes up short

12 February, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Max Parrot of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event.
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Max Parrot nabbed a silver medal and Mark McMorris bronze in the men's snowboard slopestyle event at the 2018 Winter Games, giving Canada its first two medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

McMorris, less than a year removed from a backcountry crash that left him with life-threatening injuries, stomped two clean runs, his second earning 86.83 points.

The current season's World Cup leader Redmond Gerard of the United States had the fourth-best score, and Norway's Sochi silver medalist Staale Sandbech put down an 82.13-point run, the fifth best.

Toutant was the sole Canadian in the morning heat, and Nicholson, at 22 years old the youngest member of the team, was first off in the afternoon heat.

"I don't know why, but my body felt stiff during my first run. I'm just lucky to be here".

Then it was on to the fireworks from McMorris and Parrot.

Regina's McMorris was clinging to first place before Gerard claimed the gold on his final run.

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The defending champion from 2014 finished with a final-run score of 78.56 - just.09 points shy of another gold. "Just to land a run would have been amusing to me and to get on the podium, but to get first is insane", he said. "I was so exhausted I could barely stand on my legs but just taking every risk and giving it all to get ahead". Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., was the final skier to go in the final, but she lost control after the first jump and did not finish.

"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying.

"Obviously we are in a good position right now, but we know that there are three big events to come", Moir said. With just two runs, "You land one, you're stoked, you don't and there's so much pressure".

McMorris, who could have another chapter in his story when he goes in the big air competition in Pyeongchang, added: "I've been really stuck in the contest scene for a while, or on a death bed, so I'm pretty stoked".

"I thought I did not miss a thing, and that was, for me, the only thing that I was proud of". "I'm going to save all the magic for tomorrow".

The English-to-snowboard translator confirms that this means it would be very good indeed.

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