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Canada's Mark McMorris wins bronze 11 months after near-death crash

11 February 2018

Red Gerard's hometown of Rocky River went insane as their native son took home the first gold medal for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The qualifying round was scheduled to take place after the conclusion of the men's event, which saw 17-year-old Red Gerard secure gold for the first US medal in PyeongChang. Until snowboarder Red Gerard was standing atop the Olympic slopestyle course waiting to take his third and final run on Sunday afternoon, after having fallen on his first two attempts and ranked 11th of 12 riders, he hadn't felt the size of the Olympics.

The OAR team was put together after a doping scandal cast doubts on whether Russian Federation would be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Games, with Medvedeva one of high-profile members of the party.

The win preserves the USA streak of winning gold in slopestyle, which was added to the Olympics schedule in 2014.

Canadians Max Parrott and Mark McMorris won silver and bronze medals with scores of 86.00 and 85.20 points respectively.

After all that, he said Sunday that bronze felt like winning gold.

The qualifying was scheduled to take place right after the final of the men's slopestyle competition, which was won by 17-year-old American Red Gerard.

It turned out that the men's slopestyle event - that most viewers assumed was being shown live - was actually on tape-delay of about 30 minutes.

"I'm sure it's a ton", Gerard said at a press conference. "I mean, that's all I really came here for - just to land a run", he said after qualifiers.

Canada's Max Parrot reacts after completing his run in the men's slopestyle finals at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 11, 2018. "I know I can do better". Now, with all 27 athletes scheduled to compete in Monday's final, there won't be time for a full slate of runs. It was her 11th medal - six gold, four silver and a bronze. So I downgraded my run to do one triple [cork] instead of two, and I landed a really clean run.

"I don't want to think too much about the past today, but I appreciate the fact I'm here on my snowboard", he smiled.

"I felt a lot of pressure, especially after bailing my first two runs and not putting a score down". McMorris is competing less than a year after suffering numerous serious injuries in a backcountry crash.

Gerard and Parrot will face off again in 10 days, when the big air competition starts at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang.

Norway's Kleveland, ranked number one in the world and fresh off the back of Winter X Games gold last month, wowed fans with backside 1440 mute grab on the way to a score of 83.71 in the first run.

Canada's Mark McMorris wins bronze 11 months after near-death crash