Canada wins two Olympic medals in slopestyle snowboarding

Mark Mc Morris of Canada during his first qualification run in the snowboard men’s slopestyle event.
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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. I think a lot of time I need to pinch myself because now I feel so good and comfortable on my board, but eight months ago I probably didn't think I was going to be able to snowboard at this level ever again.

"The lowest point (was) not being able to move", he said of the time after the crash. "I wish I could take that back every day of my life".

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The Canadians were fully aware of all the medal possibilities in slopestyle, saying as far back as Monday, right after they got their first look at the Phoenix Snow Park course, that all four of them had medal potential on it. She was on the start list for Sunday's qualification round, which was postponed due to poor weather. The Canadians earned their spot in the semis with dominating wins over Switzerland and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation. "Following thorough testing and evaluation including an independent second opinion, Blouin is asymptomatic and is cleared for practice this morning". Interestingly, the United States and Canada earned their first Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in the same Olympic event. The big air finals are set for February 23-24 at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre. He skated head-to-head with Sverre Lunde Pedersen, edging the Norwegian by two-thousandths of a second.

"I don't know why, but my body felt stiff during my first run. I would just be so embarrassed". "It's definitely emotional to be here, and I'm just happy to be through to the finals", he said.

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Bloemen's rival, Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won the event for his third straight gold, setting an Olympic record of 6:09.76 in the process. Two-time world champs Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs program to bring Canada's cumulative score to 45 points by the end of the day.

Evgenia Medvedeva's 81.06 points were best in the women's competition on Sunday, giving the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation 10 points for a cumulative score of 39, good for second. Japan and Italy also qualified for the next round.

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