Max Parrot had the best run of the day as all four Canadian snowboarders qualified for the men's slopestyle final at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday. It's the second medal for McMorris, who put up a score of 85.20, narrowly behind Parrot's 86.00.
McMorris's remarkable feat after cheating death did not go unnoticed by USA ski "queen" Lindsey Vonn, who tweeted a split photo, one half of the Canadian in a hospital bed with numerous tubes attached to him and the other showing him smiling and a superimposed bronze medal. He led entering the final stage of competition four years ago also, but responded better this time on the world's biggest stage.
Gerard later passed McMorris with 87.16 points in his final attempt. Sebastient Toutant of L'Assomption, Quebec was close to pulling off a comeback in his third and final run but fell on his last jump.
On the women's side, Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., will be re-evaluated by team medical staff a day after a nasty training fall. "Following thorough testing and evaluation including an independent second opinion, Blouin is asymptomatic and is cleared for practice this morning".
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The reigning world champion in slopestyle fell heavily at Phoenix Snow Park on Friday when her board got stuck in a crack after she landed a double jump.
He also competes in the Big Air competition which starts February 20th.
Bloemen finished in the 5,000 in 6:11.616. "I'm just lucky to be here". I crossed that finish line knowing that no matter what happened next, this was it. "I was so exhausted I could barely stand on my legs but just taking every risk and giving it all to get ahead". That added eight points to Canada's total. "Then I broke it all and had to take seven months off again".
The United States sat third after the women's with 36 points. A previous version had Bloemen winning silver by two-hundredths of a second.