Max Parrot, Mark McMorris win Olympic silver and bronze in snowboard slopestyle

Max Parrot, Mark McMorris win Olympic silver and bronze in snowboard slopestyle

Max Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec won the Olympic silver medal and Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan won the Olympic bronze medal in the men's slopestyle snowboarding.

Redmond Gerard won the gold medal with 87.16 points.

But on Sunday, a beaming McMorris stood proudly on the Olympic podium after winning the bronze medal in men's snowboard slopestyle.

Canada has won its first two Olympic medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

The gold medal went to the 17 year old American, Redmond Gerard.

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.

Ontario's Tyler Nicholson finished seventh with a best score of 76.41, while Quebecer Sebastien Toutant finished 11th with a best of 61.08.

Parrot fell in his first two runs but nailed his third to bump McMorris out of the silver medal position with a score of 86.00.

McMorris has said this week that there were times during the long recovery that he wondered if he should stop snowboarding, but he couldn't imagine doing anything else.

"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying.

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