Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

American Gerard wins men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang Olympics

American Gerard wins men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang Olympics

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Winning bronze in the men's slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics less than 12 months on from life-threatening injuries made a hard period worthwhile for Mark McMorris.

The event started nearly 40 minutes late because of a "technical maintenance" issue, however, the competitors did not seem concerned by the delay or the foggy conditions as they produced some stunning runs across the slope, featuring three rails at the start before three jumps. Parrot, who led through qualifying, bobbled on the last jump of his first and second runs but pulled off a clean run on his last chance to win silver. However, 17-year-old Gerard answered with an 87.16 in his final run. He fell after a railslide at the top of the course.

Parrot, of Bromont, Que., came back from behind to land on the podium after falling during his first two runs of the finals. Dufour-Lapointe had a strong final run as she tried to become the first woman to defend an Olympic mogul title, but she was edged out of top spot by France's Perrine Laffont. Canada has won nine medals in the history of the Olympic Winter Games in men's snowboarding, but it is the first time that two Canadians landed on the same podium in an Olympic snowboarding event.

This also ends a roller-coaster year for McMorris.

The 24-year-old bronze medalist from Sochi admitted that the pair push each other to greater things and will be competing hard in the final.

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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.

Although he might be slightly disappointed with the bronze just the fact that he's riding again and able to stand on the podium is an inspiring victory.

Redmond Gerard of the United States was adjudged to be the best in men's slopestyle on Saturday.

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"This is unbelievable!" Vonn tweeted to her 987,000 followers.

The speed skater out of Calgary won Canada's third Olympic medal with a silver in the 5K. You can't fall a third straight time. The performance gives the Dutch four of the six available speed-skating medals after just two events.

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