American Gerard wins men's snowboard slopestyle at PyeongChang Olympics

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That last boarder was Parrot, who adjusted his run after falling on the same trick during his first two runs.

Less than a year after a fall that almost claimed his life, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris was back on the medal podium on Saturday. Parrot was able to nail his altered run and snag a score of 86.00 and a silver medal, 0.8 points ahead of McMorris, who won bronze.

"After I landed the second jump I was like, 'come on, don't blow it on the last jump, let's just make it through.' It feels awesome, I'm really happy that we can get a medal under our belts".

Teenager Red Gerard has won the United States' first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, edging Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris in men's slopestyle snowboarding.

That initial investment paid off big time Saturday at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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McMorris' countryman Max Parrot, Norway's Marcus Kleveland and the American duo of Chris Corning and Redmond Gerard will also look to place high during the two qualifying sessions in which competitors will have two runs to record their top score.

Nicholson, was scored a 76.41 on his second run, which was his best in the three-run final.

"I guess you could say I'm fully recovered, for sure", McMorris said. "It's been a bit of a hard thing to deal with every morning as a 24-year-old feeling pretty beat up, but it's all worth it".

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. "So I think he just stopped that for his image or maybe he does it secretly, I don't know". McMorris is the more likely medalist of the two this time around as he continues to develop his runs while maintaining his place at the top of the sport.

The next chapter of the McMorris-Parrot rivalry will unfold February 20 and 23, when big air snowboarding makes its Olympic debut.

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