Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Deathbed to Olympic glory for Canadian snowboarder

Deathbed to Olympic glory for Canadian snowboarder

Mark McMorris, of Canada, jumps during the men's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

After a decent opener in the three-run final, McMorris nailed a backside triple 1620 on the last jump of his second run. And after a qualifying run that yielded this hilarious CBC commentary, McMorris reached the podium Sunday alongside countryman Max Parrot, who captured silver to give Canada its first two medals of the PyeongChang games.

But on Sunday, a beaming McMorris stood proudly on the Olympic podium after winning the bronze medal in men's snowboard slopestyle. He was leading the pack until the third and final run, when Team USA's Red Gerard pulled off a shocking upset to win gold.

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

Not only did the 24-year-old recover back to full health, but he regained his form and secured his standing among his peers as one of the best in the world in Pyeongchang.

"Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin has been cleared for practice by Team Canada medical staff", Canada Snowboard spokesman Brendan Matthews said in an email. Blouin was taken to a regional hospital as a precaution before returning to the athletes' village later that day. He skated head-to-head with Sverre Lunde Pedersen, edging the Norwegian by two-thousandths of a second.

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

"I think it doesn't really matter (what medal you get) as long as you are out here riding and boarding as good as you can", enthused McMorris. "Then I broke it all and had to take seven months off again". He qualified with a second-run score of 86.83 points.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

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