It didn't take long for Canada to get a medal for the 2014 Winter Olympics as early Saturday morning they got on the board. In the men's slopestyle competition, it was Canadian Mark McMorris who landed himself on the podium, finishing with a bronze medal. The slopestyle is a snowboarding event involving tricks and jumps. This is the first time the slopestyle event has been included in the Winter Olympics, which makes this accomplishment even greater.
McMorris, 20, is from Regina, Saskatchewan. He started out rough in the qualifying rounds, but did enough to get himself into the semi-final. From there on he continued to show what he could do and ultimately placed himself in the top three.
McMorris commented on how well the Canadians did in this event:
Just to have three Canadians in the final is pretty awesome. I think we all did our best.
He then commented on the surreal feeling of winning an Olympic medal:
Now I'm on an Olympic podium. I'm from Saskatchewan. It doesn't make sense.
Sage Kotsenburg (United States) won the gold medal, while Staale Sandbech (Norway) won the silver. Canadian Maxence Parrot finished fifth and Sebastian Toutant finished ninth.
Congratulations Mark on becoming Canada's first Olympic medalist for the 2014 Winter Games!
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