Canada Wins First Two Medals at Winter Games

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Gold medalist Redmond Gerard of the U.S., centre, celebrates with silver medalist Max Parrot, left, and bronze medalist Mark McMorris following the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 11, 2018.

Max Parrot nabbed a silver medal and Mark McMorris bronze in the men's snowboard slopestyle event at the 2018 Winter Games, giving Canada its first two medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 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.

Canadian Max Parrot, who had fallen on each of his first two runs, then nailed his final run for the silver medal.

Sebastien Toutant of Canada during his first qualification run. "Despite all the skiers were so tough, it was such a hard year and I feel stronger than I was back in Sochi actually".

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The final was a highly anticipated event for Canadian fans as four talented Team Canada athletes qualified and had to deliver an exemplary performance for a place on the podium. "The weather's really challenging today, but I'm stoked I was able to put it down, you know?"

It was 17-year-old American, Redmond Gerard, who did what Toutant couldn't, delivering a near ideal final run for a score of 87.16 and a gold medal position. The competition was fierce but our athletes once again showed incredible perseverance and blew us away with wonderful performances that resulted in Canada's first medals of the Games! His score of 87.16 was just enough to slip by Parrot. "I saw Red landing his run".

"It's a duel that motivates me", said Fourcade, the 29-year-old French army officer.

"I hope we are all going to ride good, and if we sweep it, that would be so sick", Toutant said.

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