Olympic Roundup: Parrot leads as Canada dominates men's slopestyle qualifying

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.

"It just didn't come around", he said. "I probably shouldn't even be here", said the seven-time X-Games champion. "But that's where I told myself that I've been snowboarding since I was nine years old and that it was already a victory that I was here at the Olympic Games". Redmond Gerard won the gold medal with 87.16 points.

McMorris won bronze in the men's slopestyle Sunday in PyeongChang when 11 months ago he was unsure if he would ever snowboard again. On Sunday, he won Olympic bronze.

"The lowest point - not being able to move". "Being super uncomfortable, not being able to talk, that sucked".

"It was for one stupid mistake; I wish I could take that back every day of my life". "I don't want to think too much about the past today, but I appreciate the fact I'm here on my snowboard", he said.

McMorris slowly rebuilt his strength and mobility by doing physio work in four-week intervals. "I'm glad I pulled through that last injury to be here because this is pretty special".

The final was a highly anticipated event for Canadian fans as four talented Team Canada athletes qualified and had to deliver an exemplary performance for a place on the podium.

Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ontario finished just off the podium and ended with a 76.41, which he scored in his second run.

In women's slopestyle, Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., was cleared to return to the hill after suffering an apparent head injury during a training session earlier this week at Phoenix Park. The big air finals are set for February 23-24 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre.


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