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February 19 2018, 07:55 | Irvin Gilbert
Canadians Parrot, McMorris win silver, bronze in men's snowboard slopestyle
On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Max Parrot and Mark McMorris on winning Canada's first medals of the Olympic Winter Games today in PyeongChang!
After finishing first and second in the qualifying rounds, a Canadian sweep was potentially in the cards, but American Redmond Gerrard one-upped the Canadian duo to win the gold medal with his final round run of 87.16. He fell in his first two runs but nailed his third run to move into second place with a score of 86.00. Parrot captured silver in men's slopestyle while McMorris took bronze. He led entering the final stage of competition four years ago also, but responded better this time on the world's biggest stage.
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. Sebastient Toutant of L'Assomption, Quebec was close to pulling off a comeback in his third and final run but fell on his last jump.
From the start of his recovery, he was determined to get back to his previous snowboarding form.
The women's slopestyle qualification was cancelled Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather conditions.
"Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin has been cleared for practice by Team Canada medical staff", Canada Snowboard spokesman Brendan Matthews said in an email. The big air finals are set for February 23-24 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre. "I'm just lucky to be here".
The Dutch-born, Calgary-based skater said he didn't know if he had beaten Pedersen when he crossed the finish line. The three-time world champions and Olympic gold and silver medallists earned Canada 10 points while Kaetlyn Osmond earned her country another eight points in the women's short program. "Then I broke it all and had to take seven months off again".