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Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Canada medals but Nicholson comes up short

Canada medals but Nicholson comes up short

It was 17-year-old American, Redmond Gerard, who did what Toutant couldn't, delivering a near ideal final run for a score of 87.16 and a gold medal position.

Eleven months ago Mark McMorris lay waiting for a rescue helicopter in the backcountry near Whistler, British Columbia, with a fractured jaw, a ruptured spleen, internal bleeding, multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung.

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".

McMorris wins his second straight bronze medal in this event.

And after a qualifying run that yielded this hilarious CBC commentary, McMorris reached the podium Sunday alongside countryman Max Parrot, who captured silver to give Canada its first two medals of the PyeongChang games.

"You just don't get too many shots at an Olympic medal, let alone an Olympic gold medal".

Conservative snowboarding generally doesn't sit well with McMorris, especially in an Olympic final.

Parrot took home the silver with a final run score of 86.00 and McMorris matched his bronze medal from Sochi in 2014 with a second run score of 85.20.

Mark McMorris, of Canada, jumps during the men's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

Canada picks up its first hardware of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"I probably shouldn't even be here", he conceded.

While they're both Canadians, the rivalry between Parrot and McMorris is undeniable.

The next chapter of the McMorris-Parrot rivalry will unfold February 20 and 23, when big air snowboarding makes its Olympic debut.

"Very much so, it is really cool that I can snowboard again", he said.

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