Published: Mon, February 12, 2018

Mark McMorris goes for gold in men's slopestyle Saturday night

Mark McMorris goes for gold in men's slopestyle Saturday night

Max Parrot had the best run of the day as all four Canadian snowboarders qualified for the men's slopestyle final at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday.

"This is awesome!" Vonn tweeted to her 987,000 followers. I think a lot of time I need to pinch myself because now I feel so good and comfortable on my board, but eight months ago I probably didn't think I was going to be able to snowboard at this level ever again.

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.

Gerard later passed McMorris with 87.16 points in his final attempt.

"I was just trying to catch that guy in front of me".

McMorris has battled significant injuries throughout his career.

From there, McMorris earned his spot on the Canadian Olympic team.


McMorris survived and in his comeback to competition, a big air World Cup in Beijing in November 2017, he triumphed.

Six gold medals in total are up for grabs Sunday including speed skating, luge and freestyle skiing, as well as the biathlon.

"It was the cleanest trick in my run so I was really stoked on that and that was definitely the deciding factor for me", he said.

"For a sport that's progressing at such a rapid rate and not having snowboarded much in the last few years, to get on the podium is pretty cool".

McMorris, Max Parrot, Tyler Nicholson and Sebastien Toutant all advanced to the final after preliminaries with Parrot and McMorris coming in 1-2.

The Dutch-born, Calgary-based skater said he didn't know if he had beaten Pedersen when he crossed the finish line. "The judging is out of your hands and so you just have to try your best and that is what I did and I was rewarded".

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