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

11 February 2018

Jaelin Kauf, a 21-year-old originally from Alta, Wyo., who grew up skiing at Grand Targhee Resort, advanced to this mornings womens moguls finals (live coverage is at 3:30 a.m.). "I mean, I guess I've done it so much it just kind of feels pretty natural to me now, but it's definitely a pretty cool feeling, I would say". I remember the whole time waiting, just trying to survive because (I) ruptured (my) spleen and all that and my jaw was just hanging.

Seb Toots, as he's known, settled for 11th after finishing ninth at Sochi, agonizing over the narrow margin that spoiled a run "probably good enough for first place".

The score: 87.16 points.

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Mark McMorris completed his remarkable comeback from injury and was in a gold medal position heading into the final run. "But that's where I told myself that I've been snowboarding since I was nine years old and that it was already a victory that I was here at the Olympic Games".

The sixth of seven kids who grew up riding in his Colorado backyard walked on cloud nine out of the finish corral and toward USA coaches. Gerard leaned over the fence and chatted with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in a conversation surely he would be sharing later in the crowded media zone.

"The whole way through the course I was taking it feature by feature, all the way to the end", Gerard said.

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"How did you double your points?" His first two attempts weren't quite up to standards, and Gerard and the other athletes were plagued by raging winds.

"But I don't know, maybe it makes me a better person or stronger or maybe it helps people get through things too". "That's up to the judges". But McMorris took a spill after Gerard finished.

The shock eliminations came in the shape of American 2017 world championships slopestyle bronze medalist and reigning world junior champion Chris Corning and former world champion Roope Tonteri from Finland, with both knocked out in the first heat. The final three riders combined to win the last seven X Games slopestyle titles.

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Gerard, born on June 29, 2000, also set a record for the youngest gold medallist in any snowboarding event that was held previously by Kelly Clark, the 2002 women's halfpipe champion at age 18 years and 199 days.

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