American Gerard wins men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang Olympics

Doug Mendoza
February 12, 2018

Parrot, from Bromont, Québec, and McMorris, from Regina, Saskatchewan, made their respective silver and bronze medal podium finishes in the slopestyle event.

Following a snowboarding accident past year, McMorris was fighting for his life after breaking 17 bones and suffering a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen.

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"I feel really awesome on my board", Toutant said after his runs under cloudly skies and amid strong gusts of wind.

The Canadian team came into Sunday's final with fully a third of the 12 available spots. This was the best run I could put down at the right moment and now it's the judges' decision. The competition was fierce but our athletes once again showed incredible perseverance and blew us away with unbelievable performances that resulted in Canada's first medals of the Games!

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"I was pretty sure I was going to die", recalled the Canadian snowboarder, who had mistimed a jump and struck a tree in mid-air.

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

Redmond Gerard of the United States won the gold.

Parrot is proud of the time he spends in the gym on the trampoline and he suspects McMorris might do the same - but just not tell anyone about it. He said his choice of music for his runs - yes, the competitors can listen to music on earphones while riding - said it all: "My first run was very determined music, and my second run was more like tropical music, just really happy, you know?", he said. The riders will each complete three runs, and the best score from each will determine the medals. "I saw Red landing his run. And I think for the show it's better, too".

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