Canada's Mark McMorris wins bronze 11 months after near-death crash

Canada's Mark McMorris wins bronze 11 months after near-death crash

"After I landed the second jump I was like, 'come on, don't blow it on the last jump, let's just make it through.' It feels awesome, I'm really happy that we can get a medal under our belts".

Mark McMorris overcame a whole lot more than nerves to win his second consecutive bronze medal.

Snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris claimed Canada's first medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics Saturday night in the men's slopestyle event in Pyeongchang.

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McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before American Redmond Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt.

This is the second Olympic bronze for the 24-year-old McMorris, who is coming back from life-threatening injuries suffered in a backcountry crash less than a year ago. He broke his jaw, left arm, ruptured his spleen, his left lung collapsed and fractured his pelvis and ribs in the near-death accident. He fell after a railslide at the top of the course. "But that's where I told myself that I've been snowboarding since I was nine years old and that it was already a victory that I was here at the Olympic Games". He spent 10 days in hospital and was on a liquid diet for six weeks. McMorris showed he could do it by winning a World Cup just eight months after the crash.

Winning bronze in the men's slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics less than 12 months on from life-threatening injuries made a hard period worthwhile for Mark McMorris. - Canadian ice dancer Scott Moir on Canada's chances for gold in the figure skating team event.

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In women's slopestyle, Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., was cleared to return to the hill after suffering an apparent head injury during a training session earlier this week at Phoenix Park. Interestingly, the United States and Canada earned their first Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in the same Olympic event. I crossed that finish line knowing that no matter what happened next, this was it. "I would just be so embarrassed". You can't fall a third straight time.

In the men's 5000m speed skating, the Netherland's Sven Kramer won gold ahead of Canada's Ted-Jan Bloemen and Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen in bronze.

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