Canada claims 4 Olympic medals on Day 2 in Pyeongchang


American Redmond Gerard won the men's snowboard slopestyle of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park here on Sunday. 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.

While winning bronze medals, Mark McMorris has established the gold standard for perseverance. Down to his final run - after crashing on his first two attempts - Parrot seized silver in men's slopestyle snowboard with an even score of 86.00. Canada's Alex Bilodeau is the only skier to defend an Olympic moguls title, topping the podium in 2010 and 2014.

On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Max Parrot and Mark McMorris on winning Canada's first medals of the Olympic Winter Games today in PyeongChang!

The two Canadians finished behind 17-year-old American Redmond Gerard, who gave the USA its first gold of 2018 with a score of 87.16.

Most of the slopestyle competitors will also compete in the big air event in Pyeongchang, a new addition to the Olympic program for 2018.

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Nicholson, was scored a 76.41 on his second run, which was his best in the three-run final. McMorris played it rather safe. That result pushed McMorris into the bronze medal spot. I went bigger the last jump and I think the judges liked it, so I'm happy.

The 24-year-old suffered serious, near-fatal injuries and was placed in an intensive care unit in hospital.

Parrot, who won a Dew Tour event in slopestyle just a couple of weeks ago, was still a little under the radar relative to McMorris, who was one of the stories of the Games just by being here.

"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".

The next chapter of the McMorris-Parrot rivalry will unfold February 20 and 23, when big air snowboarding makes its Olympic debut.