American Gerard wins men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang Olympics

Mark Mc Morris of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event.
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The Canadians finished the round robin at 6-1 and had already qualified for the semifinals.

Team Canada came up with two medals but Tyler Nicholson was left on the outside looking in. Norway leads with eight, followed by the Netherlands with five.

"You just don't get too many shots at an Olympic medal, let alone an Olympic gold medal".

Parrot, from Bromont, Que., earned 87.36 points in his second run to take top spot in the second heat.

According to CBC, McMorris was knocked unconscious from the fall and had to be airlifted to Vancouver for emergency surgery to control his bleeding and also fix the breaks to his jaw and arm.

McMorris finished behind Red Gerard and Max Parrot in Pyeongchang on Sunday to complete a remarkable recovery for the Canadian, who was hospitalised after hitting a tree in March 2017.

His multiple fractures included to his jaw, left arm, pelvis and ribs and he was placed in a medically induce coma.

McMorris was on a liquid diet for six weeks, underwent intense physiotherapy sessions for months and then finally returned to competition last fall.

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"I'm on the podium".

"I'm on the podium and I probably shouldn't even be here".

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.

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

"The lowest point (was) not being able to move", he said of the time after the crash. "Not being able to really talk or anything like that".

Gerard is the second straight American to win the event, which made its Olympic debut four years ago.

The women's slopestyle qualification was cancelled Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather conditions. "Following thorough testing and evaluation including an independent second opinion, Blouin is asymptomatic and is cleared for practice this morning". Blouin was taken to a regional hospital as a precaution before returning to the athletes' village later that day.

Most 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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