Mark McMorris ‘rode my heart’ to slopestyle bronze, Canada’s 1st Sochi medal

WATCH: Snowboarder Mark McMorris kicked off Canada’s 3-medal day with a bronze in Slopestyle. Allison Vuchnich recaps everything from day 3 in Sochi.

Canada’s Mark McMorris has proven to be the king of second-run comebacks, nailing a bronze medal in the first ever Olympic slopestyle event.

McMorris scored an impressive 88.75 on his second run – a huge 55-point improvement over his 33.75 first run.

WATCH: 1-on-1 with bronze medal winner Mark McMorris

The Regina, Sask. native grabbed Canada’s first podium placement at the Sochi Olympics.

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Though he entered the Olympics as a gold medal favourite, McMorris had his fans on edge throughout the competition, partly because he was recently injured.

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The 20-year-old had fractured a rib less than two weeks ago at the 2014 X Games.

WATCH: Mark McMorris fractures rib in X Games crash

In the semifinal qualifiers,  McMorris finished his first run with a score of 29.50 after falling near the start.

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The injured boarder made it to the finals with a strong second run, scoring 89.25.

“Obviously my first run was unfortunate; I fell on something I shouldn’t have fallen on. It felt really good pain-wise, riding-wise,” McMorris said. “I put it down as clean as I could have in my second run, and I didn’t get the score I wanted. It’s hurting mentally a little bit.”

Fierce competition in first ever slopestyle Olympic event

American Sage Kotsenberg won gold with a second-run score of 93.50.

WATCH: Mark McMorris’ press conference after winning bronze in slopestyle

McMorris was positioned for a silver medal for the latter half of the finals, but was edged into third place by Norway’s Staale Sandbech, who earned silver with a score of 91.75.

Maxence Parrot, from Bromont, Que., was fifth with 87.25, while Montreal’s Sebastian Toutant was ninth with a 58.50.

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Charles Reid of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was eliminated after finishing 14th in the semifinal.

With files from Global News’ Adam Frisk, Peter Hadzipetros, Andrew Russell and The Canadian Press

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