Red Gerard reaches snowboard slopestyle final, Chris Corning just misses

The golden poke. p Mark Clavin

The golden poke. p Mark Clavin

In the slopestyle, Canada's Mark McMorris staked an early claim for the most inspirational story of the Games after taking bronze - just 11 months after a near-fatal crash.

"I told Red before he went out to compete this morning, 'Just ride like you're having fun with your brothers, '" Jen told Alyssa Roenigk of ESPN The Magazine. By February 2017, he had already qualified in one of seven qualifiers for the Olympics.

McMorris's fellow Canadian, Max Parrot, the last snowboarder of the day, then bumped him to third with a brilliant final run that netted a score of 86.00, falling just short of the gold.

Team USA was obviously not going to be shut out of the gold medal count for the 2018 Winter Olympics, but it's still nice to get one on the board.

"When you look at the individual distances on the men's side, there is not a lot of back-to-back medals", Hamelin said.

"I don't want to think too much about the past today, but I appreciate the fact I'm here on my snowboard", he said. He broke a rib less than two weeks before the Sochi Games and still managed to win slopestyle bronze.

"I was completely last in the group so I had to start the race again and switch focus to catch up with the guys".

"The lowest point was not being able to move really, just being super-uncomfortable", he said. "I landed them pretty well and my rail section is more technical than some of the people sitting in the top positions".

McMorris slowly rebuilt his strength and mobility by doing physio work in four-week intervals.

"It's been some low times, but these high times make it worthwhile", he said.

Early a year ago Hedberg broke his neck before having surgery but it could not be determined at that stage if it was a recurrence of that injury.

The women's slopestyle qualification was cancelled Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather conditions.

- Strong wind has forced the men's downhill to be postponed until Thursday.

Canadians Tyler Nicholson and Sebastien Toutant placed 7th and 11th respectively.

Therefore, contestants shall proceed on Monday's final, which begins at 01:00 GMT, with two rounds instead of three.

Corning, Mack and Stassel get a chance at redemption at the Olympic debut of big air on Saturday, Feb. 24 (that would be Friday night back home in Colorado) at the Alpensia Jumping Center. Men's qualifying heats are scheduled for February 20 at 7:30 pm EST, with the final airing on February 23 at 8pm EST.

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