Olympic awakening: McMorris, Toutant and Parrot set off for the slopestyle final
Mark McMorris says he will pull off all of his toughest tricks in his bid for a second Olympic medal in slopestyle.
The 28-year-old Regina skier led a trio of Canadian snowboarders into the slopestyle final at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday.
The 2018 Olympic bronze medalist posted the second best score of the day, as Sebastien Toutant qualified in seventh and Max Parrot in 10th after their two runs.
“Having a spot in the final tomorrow and having at least a chance of winning a medal is the most important thing,” said McMorris.
“Yeah, just trying to put it all together from top to bottom is not an easy task.”
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McMorris is coming off an X Games gold medal in slopestyle just two weeks ago and will be looking to get back on the podium in the slopestyle final, which you can watch live on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem Sunday starting at 11:10 p.m. ET.
WATCH | Mark McMorris leads a trio of Canadians to the Olympic snowboard slopestyle final:
Canadian women miss podium in women’s moguls
For the first time since 2002, there will not be a Canadian on the women’s Olympic moguls podium.
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe — the 2014 Olympic silver medalist — was the top Canadian, finishing ninth with a score of 72.96 in the second round of the three-round final.
Sofiane Gagnon, a 22-year-old Olympic rookie from Whistler, BC, qualified for the second round but crashed in her heat and did not finish.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloé’s sister, did not qualify for the second round, crashing in her race. Although the two-time Olympic medalist technically didn’t finish, she asked for another pole to complete her run down the hill.
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“Life isn’t always that easy. But I just want to make sure everyone at home knows that I never gave up,” said an emotional Justine Dufour-Lapointe after her run.
“I’ve fought for the past four years, so hard, to give you this Justine [that] was willing to take risks and ski with spirit and dignity, and that’s the only thing I did tonight. It’s not easy, but I’ll keep smiling.”
The best person to have by your side is a sister ❤️
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe comforts her sister Justine pic.twitter.com/B8YTSSMb5A
Morris and Homan steal a win for Canada
I’ll just let John Morris contextualize last night’s game for you: “We got a win from the depths of defeat in that one. It was a crazy game.”
Rachel Homan and Morris were pushed to the brink against the Czech Republic in mixed doubles curling.
But the Canadian duo hit one clutch shot after another in the final stretch, forcing an extra end and stealing two points to come away with a thrilling 7-5 victory at the National Aquatic Center – aka The Ice Cube.
WATCH | Highlights: Homan and Morris win mixed doubles thriller
Lost by one run before the last rock of the eighth set, Homan managed a tie for two – as their game clock ran out – to send him to an extra set.
Although the Czechs had the hammer, Canada was unfazed by stealing two in the extra end, leaving the Czechs without much shot on their last rock.
“It was probably the most spectacular curling game I’ve ever been in,” Morris said.
The Canadians are now 5-2 and in control of their own destiny to advance to the semifinals, with two round robin games to go.
The pair are back on the ice at 7 a.m. ET, where they can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Aussies – who themselves had a crazy day.
Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt initially withdrew from their Sunday match against Switzerland due to a positive COVID-19 test, only to be allowed to compete at the last minute and come away with the country’s first-ever Olympic curling win.
Australia – what a day.
They thought they were going home. Until they get a medical reprieve.
They rushed to the rink in a taxi, put their shoes on in the hallway and WON their 1st game.
Bloemen fails over 5,000 meters
Calgary’s Ted-Jan Bloemen failed to make the podium in a tough 5,000 meter race.
The 2018 Olympic silver medalist in this event started strong, outpacing the lead in the 1,400 metres.
But the 35-year-old couldn’t continue, finishing in 10th place, 10.27 seconds behind world record holder Nils van der Poel of Sweden, who set an Olympic record en route to the gold medal. ‘gold.
“I don’t know what happened,” said a dejected Bloemen, adding that he had executed his race plan.
“I’m really confused. I don’t understand. I don’t know what to say.”
Bloemen will have another shot at the podium by skating the 10,000 meters on February 11, in a race of which he is the reigning Olympic champion. Van der Poel, 25, is also competing and expected to medal, also being the current world record holder for the distance.
WATCH | Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen finishes 10th in the men’s 5000m:
Keegan Messing Update
He is on his way !
Keegan Messing has passed his fourth and final PCR test and is on his way to Beijing from Montreal.
He will arrive in Beijing in time to compete in the men’s program, although he missed the men’s singles portion of the team event. He’s ready to skate in the men’s singles event Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing has passed his fourth test in Montreal and is on his way to Beijing.
Blouin walks away from the podium
Laurie Blouin narrowly missed a second Olympic slopestyle medal.
The 25-year-old from Quebec and 2018 Olympic silver medalist finished fourth in the final with a score of 81.41.
“I’m delighted, but I was so close. I have to be proud of myself,” Blouin said after the competition.
Blouin will also participate in the big air competition next week. She qualified for the final of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, but fell on her first jump and after failing to land her second and scored 39.25, did not attempt a third.
However, she won gold in this event at the world championships last year, as well as a gold medal at the 2019 X Games.
WATCH | Quebecer Laurie Blouin narrowly misses the Olympic podium in slopestyle snowboarding:
The Canadian wins the skiathlon
Olivier Léveillé was the top Canadian in the men’s 30 kilometer skiathlon.
The 20-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., finished 31st in the race in one hour, 23 minutes and 42 seconds.
“It went well. It’s a difficult course, but I tried to go at my own pace, said Léveillé. “Certainly in this second half the pace really picked up. I didn’t reach my goal, I wanted a top 30. But I will have other chances.”
Antoine Cyr, 23, of Gatineau, was 42nd and Rémi Drolet, 21, of Rossland, BC, did not finish the race, having been passed by the leader.
Russian Olympic Committee runners Alexander Bolshunov and Denis Spitsov took the top two spots on the podium. Heavyweight medal favorite Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway finished in a shocking 40th place.
Strong winds force postponement of men’s downhill
The men’s alpine ski event is now scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on Sunday as strong winds postponed the event from its originally scheduled time.
Broderick Thompson, Jack Crawford and Brodie Seger are the three Canadians competing.
The third practice session was also scrapped due to the wind, but Thompson and Crawford had good times in their respective sessions. Crawford was fifth in the first practice run, with Thompson posting the third fastest time in the second run.
WATCH | Canada’s Broderick Thompson finishes 3rd in training downhill: