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They came in as the favourites and they delivered in qualifying. Four Canadian riders are going through to the snowboard slopestyle final.

Quebec’s Sebastien Toutant started things off in heat number one of qualifying, where riders get two runs down the course with their higher score counting in the standings. In his first run he opened with a front side 1080 then closed his run with a backside 1080. The seven time X Games medalist scored 78.01 and finished third in his heat. Toutant looks poised to improve on finishing ninth in this discipline at the Sochi games in 2014.

Today was insane! All the boys made it to Final! #Olympics2018 #pyeongchang pic.twitter.com/a3CXPlq81F

— Sebastien Toutant (@SebToots) February 10, 2018

Regina’s Mark McMorris nailed both of his runs in heat two. The 16 time X Games medalist scored 83.70 then 86.83 to finish with the second-best score overall. McMorris won bronze in slopestyle in 2014 despite having a broken rib.

The best score of the day went to Quebec’s Max Parrot, who nailed both of his runs but was especially good his second time on the course. Parrot stuck a smooth landing off the triple sister ramps and finished with a triple flip. That was good enough for 87.36, the highest score of the day. After he finished fifth in Sochi, Parrot is poised for a run to the podium in South Korea.

North Bay’s Tyler Nicholson fell on his first run and had to kill his second run, which he did to the tune of a 79.21. With a run including a backside 1260 and a front 1080, Nicholson finished fifth in heat two and snuck into the final.

Conditions on the course were windy and icy which made for very technical runs. In Sochi, every run came to the last chance for McMorris so tt was good to see him nail the first run and take some pressure off himself.

Watching slopestyle is tough for the uninitiated like me as it is hard to discern the difference in degree of difficulty from one rider to the other. The outlier is McMorris who gets such big air and so much rotation that his runs are simply breathtaking. Even to the untrained eye there is a discernible difference when he lands a jump. As good as Parrot was, Canada’s best shot at gold might be McMorris.

With all 4 Canadians heading to the final, it’s set to be a fierce battle for men’s slopestyle gold https://t.co/yo1QRvKUwN pic.twitter.com/57inS5tdOi

— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 10, 2018

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