McMorris finishes top 10 in big air final
Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris successfully landed one trick, but it wasn’t enough to secure a spot on the big air podium at the Beijing Olympics on Day 11.
McMorris scored 85.50 points on his first run. He fell on his second, which resulted in a score of 21.00. On his final run we went for it all with a quad cork 1800, but again couldn’t land it.
“There’s no point in holding back in a final,” McMorris said to the Canadian Olympic Committee after the event. “I don’t like fourth or fifth or sixth place. That’s the worst feeling. It’s better to fall and be at the bottom of the pack in the finals than it is to hold back and maybe be in that off-the-podium position. I’m really proud of myself for going for it.”
McMorris finished the big air competition in 10th place overall. His best-two-of-three runs total score of 113.75 were no match for 17-year-old Yiming Su of China who took gold with a score of 182.50, Mons Roisland of Norway with a score of 171.75 for silver and Canada’s Max Parrot who takes home his second medal of the Beijing Olympics with a score of 170.75 to secure the bronze medal.
Canadian men’s hockey team takes on host country for a second time
Prince Albert’s Adam Cracknell and the Canadian men’s hockey team surpassed China 7-2 in qualification round to skate into the quarter-final on Day 11 of the Beijing Olympics.
It was an eventful game that saw six penalties within the first 20 minutes.
Canada’s Jordan Weal —a former player with the WHL’s Regina Pats— capitalized on the Chinese penalties, scoring two powerplay goals. China answered with a goal of their own in the final five minutes of the period.
The second period got underway with a change in net for China as Paris O’Brien entered the game after goaltender Jeremy Smith appeared to be injured in the final seconds of play in the first period.
Adam Tambellini picked up two goals for Canada in the period —one on a penalty shot— and Eric O’Dell added a single, while China’s Cory Kane scored on the powerplay to make the score 5-1 heading into the final period.
All the scoring in the third period belonged to the red and white with captain Eric Staal and Jack McBain both netting their first goals of the tournament.
Canada’s men’s team will face Sweden in the quarter-final on Day 12. The puck is scheduled to drop Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 a.m. (SK time).
Read the full game recap at hockeycanada.ca
Olympic Notes: Read the full recap of Day 11 at olympic.ca… Ivanie Blondin, Valérie Maltais and Isabelle Weidemann won Canada’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s team pursuit in long track speed skating. Canada’s medal count is 17 (two gold, four silver and 11 bronze)