Snowboarders Parrot and McMorris Capture Silver and Bronze at Pyeongchang Olympics

Snowboarders Parrot and McMorris Capture Silver and Bronze at Pyeongchang Olympics

Snowboarders Parrot and McMorris Capture Silver and Bronze at Pyeongchang Olympics

Come fall, he bought the coveted board with his own money.

The 24-year-old staked an early claim for the most inspirational story at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in the snowboard slopestyle, sealing third behind compatriot Max Parrot, in silver, and Amercian teenage gold medallist Red Gerard.

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. They will be joined in the 12-man final by Sebastien Toutant, who qualified with a 78.01 in Saturday's morning heat, and by Tyler Nicholson, who fell nearly immediately in the first Olympic run of his life but bounced back with a 79.21 in his second run to get through to Sunday.

After watching the judges favour a clean but safe performance by Gerard, Parrot made a tactical call on the fly to scale back the degree of difficulty.

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"I had to change my run at the last minute and go with something a little easier but more safe", Parrot said. With just two runs, "You land one, you're stoked, you don't and there's so much pressure".

Talking after winning bronze, McMorris reflected on his journey from near-death to worldwide headline maker.

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.

Then it was on to the fireworks from McMorris and Parrot. McMorris sees himself as a pure snowboarder who values his time filming and riding in the backcountry every bit as much, or more, than competition. McMorris previously also won bronze in Sochi, also in slopestyle, while competing with a broken rib.

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