Olympic Recap Day 3

McMorris captures third Olympic bronze in snowboard slopestyle

It was a return trip to the Olympic podium for Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris after finishing third in the men’s slopestyle event with a score of 88.53 points.

The finish continues McMorris’ bronze-medal streak. He previously won bronze at the 2014 Games in Sochi and the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.

McMorris entered Day 3’s final runs with the second-highest score of 83.30 following the qualification round.

All three of McMorris’ runs were clean, but it wasn’t until his final run that he secured a place on the podium, laying down a Backside triple cork 1620 to move into third.

“That was a nerve-wracking moment right there,” McMorris said in a Canada Snowboard release. “I went backside 1620 on the last one and the landing was quite shaded so I was just like, ‘Oh, I hope I am where I think I am’ and landed quite clean and was just thrilled. I felt so relieved to land that run. I thought I would’ve landed second or first, but hey, I’m on the podium and I wasn’t after my first two runs, so it feels amazing.”

Coming in ahead of McMorris was fellow Canadian Max Parrot, who scored a 90.96 on his second run to stake a claim on the No. 1 spot and couldn’t be unseated leading to a gold-medal finish. China’s Su Yiming took silver with a score of 88.70.

Sebastien Toutant, the third Canadian to qualify for finals, finished in ninth place with a score of 54 points.

McMorris will get another shot at the podium later in the Games when he competes in the big air event, beginning with the qualification runs on Day 10.

Canadian women’s hockey team improves to 3-0

While the start of the Canadian women’s hockey game against the Russian Olympic Committee was delayed, Team Canada wasted no time getting on the board once they hit the ice.

Just two minutes and nine seconds into the game, Sarah Nurse scored and was followed 20 seconds later by Sarah Fillier to put the Canadians up 2-0 in the first period.

The red and white increased their lead to 4-0 just past the midway point of the second period thanks to goals from Jamie Lee Rattray and Erin Ambrose.

The ROC’s Anna Shokhina made history for her team with under three minutes left to play in the second, as she found the back of the Canadian net and recorded Russia’s first-ever Olympic goal against Canada.

A pair of powerplay goals by Rebecca Johnston and Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin in the third period made the final score 6-1 and improved Canada’s record to 3-0.

Saskatoon forward Emily Clark didn’t play in the game.

Up next, it will be a battle of the undefeated teams as Canada faces the 3-0 United States in their final preliminary round game.

That game is scheduled for Day 4 of the Games, starting Feb. 7 at 10:10 p.m. (SK time).

Read the full game recap at hockeycanada.ca.

Olympic Notes: Read the full Day 3 recap at Olympic.ca…Along with the two medals in men’s snowboard slopestyle Kim Boutin won bronze in the women’s short track speedskating 500-metre event and Canadian ski jumpers Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Matthew Soukup, Alexandria Loutitt and Abigail Strate won bronze in the inaugural mixed team event…Canada’s medal count is six: One gold, one silver and four bronze.

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