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Mark McMorris collects bronze medal at Olympic ceremony

Snowboarder won Canada's 1st medal at Sochi Games

Mark McMorris displays his bronze medal
Mark McMorris shows off his bronze medal for men's slopestyle after it was awarded to him at a special ceremony on Saturday at the Sochi Winter Olympics. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)
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Regina snowboarder Mark McMorris collected his first Olympic medal — and Canada's first medal of the Sochi Games — at a ceremony in Sochi's Medal Plaza.

McMorris, 20, grinned a toothy grin and pumped his fists briefly in the air after accepting his medal from Pierre-Olivier Beckers, a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Beckers then placed a silver medal around the neck of Norway's Staal Stanbech — carefully, as Stanbech had sculpted his hair into a tallspiky mohawk.

Gold medallist Sage Kotsenburg grinned widely throughout the ceremony, shouting "woo!" and kicking his leg to celebrate before placing his hand over his heart for the beginning of the American anthem.

McMorris finished third in the men's slopestyle finals earlier Saturday with 88.75 points. Kostenburg finished with 93.5 points; Stanbech with 91.75.

"To get on the podium is just a dream come true," said McMorris, 20. "I can't explain this. I've just been through a roller coaster over these last few weeks."

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