Winter Olympics 2018: Parrot, McMorris win Canada's first medals in snowboard slopestyle

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The 24-year-old staked an early claim for the most inspirational story at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in the snowboard slopestyle, sealing third behind compatriot Max Parrot, in silver, and Amercian teenage gold medallist Red Gerard.

McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before American Redmond Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt.

SOLID GRIP - Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir scored 80.51 points for their short dance to help Canada lead in figure skating's team event. McMorris tried to answer with a backside 1620 but fell in his final run.

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In March, McMorris was riding in the backcountry near Whistler, British Columbia, when he went off a jump and crashed into a tree, resulting in a broken jaw, broken left arm, ruptured spleen, a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung.

What followed was an arduous recovery process, including 10 days in the hospital, a liquid diet that lasted six weeks and hours of daily physical therapy. "I probably shouldn't even be here", said the seven-time X-Games champion. McMorris showed he could do it by winning a World Cup just eight months after the crash.

"Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin has been cleared for practice by Team Canada medical staff", Canada Snowboard spokesman Brendan Matthews said in an email.

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The Canadians were fully aware of all the medal possibilities in slopestyle, saying as far back as Monday, right after they got their first look at the Phoenix Snow Park course, that all four of them had medal potential on it. Interestingly, the United States and Canada earned their first Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in the same Olympic event.

Reflecting on his fourth Olympic gold medal, and his third consecutive 5000m title, Kramer said that his secret to success was that "I just really love what I'm doing". Bloemen finished in 6:11.616. "I was just so frustrated and so scared for my second run, because imagine if that happened for my second run?" Two-time world champs Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs program to bring Canada's cumulative score to 45 points by the end of the day.

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