Not only did McMorris beat the odds and return to competition after life-threatening injuries, but he and teammate Max Parrot earned Team Canada its first medals of the PyeongChang games.
McMorris, 24, who also won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is no stranger to serious injury.
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.
Toutant was the sole Canadian in the morning heat, and Nicholson, at 22 years old the youngest member of the team, was first off in the afternoon heat. "I was just so frustrated and so scared for my second run, because imagine if that happened for my second run?" I think a lot of time I need to pinch myself because now I feel so good and comfortable on my board, but eight months ago I probably didn't think I was going to be able to snowboard at this level ever again.
"I was just trying to catch that guy in front of me".
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Gerard left it all until the final run, having bailed out of his first two attempts, and entered the final round in 10 placing in the 11-man final.
McMorris's remarkable feat after cheating death did not go unnoticed by USA ski "queen" Lindsey Vonn, who tweeted a split photo, one half of the Canadian in a hospital bed with numerous tubes attached to him and the other showing him smiling and a superimposed bronze medal.
"I'm really enjoying the sport", he said. He said his choice of music for his runs - yes, the competitors can listen to music on earphones while riding - said it all: "My first run was very determined music, and my second run was more like tropical music, just really happy, you know?", he said. Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., was the final skier to go in the final, but she lost control after the first jump and did not finish.
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.
"I'm just really glad to be able to snowboard, and to snowboard at this level", he said after qualifying. "When he does good then I want to do good and I am sure it is vice-versa for him", McMorris said after the event.