Sebastient Toutant of L'Assomption, Quebec was close to pulling off a comeback in his third and final run but fell on his last jump. Teammate Max Parrot stepped up and scored 83.45.
Parrot, from Bromont, Que., earned 87.36 points in his second run to take the top spot away from Regina's Mark McMorris. The bronze medallist in slopestyle at Sochi - where he rode on a recently broken rib - crashed into a tree in the Whistler backcountry past year, shattering several bones and requiring multiple surgeries to correct life-threatening injuries.
"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying.
PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of-Max Parrot had the best run of the day as all four Canadian snowboarders qualified for the men's slopestyle final at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday.
"It's my first Olympic medal, so it's a little check next to that", said Parrot. I crossed that finish line knowing that no matter what happened next, this was it. "I would just be so embarrassed". McMorris, who suffered a tragic injury in the run up to the Games, finished in third with a 85.20.
Then it was on to the fireworks from McMorris and Parrot.
It was 17-year-old American, Redmond Gerard, who did what Toutant couldn't, delivering a near ideal final run for a score of 87.16 and a gold medal position. Toutant and Parrot had yet to put together clean runs. The final rounds will go Tuesday morning.
Every boarder had three runs on the course, with each athlete's result calculated as the best score of the three as assessed by the nine judges.
"So I think he just stopped that for his image or maybe he does it secretly, I don't know". "I mean, might as well, we're here, it's the Olympics", he said.