Winter Olympics 2018: Parrot, McMorris win Canada's first medals in snowboard slopestyle

Feb 12, 2018, 00:27
Winter Olympics 2018: Parrot, McMorris win Canada's first medals in snowboard slopestyle

The Mark McMorris story is one for the ages, given he very almost died last March after crashing into a tree while backcountry snowboarding near Whistler, B.C. The haunting sound of McMorris moaning and choking on his own blood, captured in the CBC documentary Unbroken, is that of a man clinging to life.

Parrot earned silver in the men's snowboard slopestyle while McMorris won bronze. The photo above was the result. McMorris fell in his final trip down the course.

"I was pretty sure I was going to die", recalled the Canadian snowboarder, who had mistimed a jump and struck a tree in mid-air.

"So I think he just stopped that for his image or maybe he does it secretly, I don't know". I remember the whole time waiting, just trying to survive because (I) ruptured (my) spleen and all that and my jaw was just hanging.

McMorris and Parrot were two of four Canadians in Sunday morning's finals, joined by Tyler Nicholson and Sebastien Toutant after impressive qualifying runs on Saturday. He spent 10 days in hospital and was on a liquid diet for six weeks.

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

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

It was 17-year-old American, Redmond Gerard, who did what Toutant couldn't, delivering a near flawless final run for a score of 87.16 and a gold medal position. He had won bronze at Sochi 2014 and boasted numerous Winter X Games golds.

McMorris will return to action in the men's big air event, beginning Wednesday.

Max Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec won the Olympic silver medal and Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan won the Olympic bronze medal in the men's slopestyle snowboarding.