Mark McMorris overcame a whole lot more than nerves to win his second consecutive bronze medal.
But on Sunday, a beaming McMorris stood proudly on the Olympic podium after winning the bronze medal in men's snowboard slopestyle. The photo above was the result.
"I had to change my run at the last minute and go with something a little easier but more safe", Parrot said. McMorris fell in his final trip down the course.
"Very much so, it is really cool that I can snowboard again", he said. I remember the whole time waiting, just trying to survive because (I) ruptured (my) spleen and all that and my jaw was just hanging.
Parrot, from Bromont, Québec, and McMorris, from Regina, Saskatchewan, made their respective silver and bronze medal podium finishes in the slopestyle event. "I was puking. I thought I was going to die - literally".
Gerard, the 17-year-old from the United States, put up a 87.16 in his final run after struggling in his first two opportunities. And within months the 24-year-old was back on his snowboard.
Parrot captured silver in men's slopestyle while McMorris took bronze.
What followed was an arduous recovery process, including 10 days in the hospital, a liquid diet that lasted six weeks and hours of daily physical therapy.
Canadian Max Parrot, who had fallen on each of his first two runs, then nailed his final run for the silver medal.
The next chapter of the McMorris-Parrot rivalry will unfold February 20 and 23, when big air snowboarding makes its Olympic debut.
McMorris will return to action in the men's big air event, beginning Wednesday.
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.