Teen Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold medal

Mc Morris Mark Mc Morris is one of four Canadian snowboarders in the men's slopestyle final this evening

Teammates Mark McMorris and Max Parrot won silver and bronze respectively while American Red Gerard captured the gold medal.

Gerard totaled 87.16 points in three runs to take the gold, beating Max Parrot of Canada to the second place in 86.00. The bronze medallist in slopestyle at Sochi - where he rode on a recently broken rib - crashed into a tree in the Whistler backcountry previous year, shattering several bones and requiring multiple surgeries to correct life-threatening injuries. Sebastient Toutant of L'Assomption, Quebec was close to pulling off a comeback in his third and final run but fell on his last jump. "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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After watching the judges favour a clean but safe performance by Gerard, Parrot made a tactical call on the fly to scale back the degree of difficulty. "So I'm pretty stoked". Canada has won nine medals in the history of the Olympic Winter Games in men's snowboarding, but it is the first time that two Canadians landed on the same podium in an Olympic snowboarding event.

The two Canadians finished behind 17-year-old American Redmond Gerard, who gave the US its first gold of 2018 with a score of 87.16.

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Parrot is proud of the time he spends in the gym on the trampoline and he suspects McMorris might do the same - but just not tell anyone about it.

And so, all four Canadians will compete in the final that begins Sunday morning in Pyeongchang, Saturday evening in Canada.

"Very much so, it is really cool that I can snowboard again", he said.

Toutant, who said before the week started that he thought Canada could sweep the podium at slopestyle, certainly wasn't backing away from that talk on Saturday.

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