Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 07:51 ET

5 things you missed in Sochi overnight

A recap of what happened last night at the Olympics

Canada House at the Sochi Olympics
Canada Olympic House opened at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, Muskoka chairs and all. (COC)

We're still a day ahead of the opening ceremony, but the action is underway in Sochi. Here are five developments you might have missed overnight.

Best in slopestyle

Quebec's Maxence Parrot posted the highest score of the day, 97.5, in the final slopestyle heat, and in doing so booked his ticket to the medal round on Saturday. "Perfect conditions, there's nothing bad to say about the course," Parrot said after his run. "I'm just really happy." His Canadian teammate Sebastien "Seb Toots" Toutant also did well, posting a score of 87.25 to qualify for Saturday's final.

Mark McMorris falls


McMorris is among the favourites in the event, but his dominance was thrown into doubt after a fall earlier this month that resulted in cracked ribs. McMorris fell on one of his attempts early Thursday and his score was too low to earn an automatic berth in the finals. He can still qualify through the semis and play for a medal, however.

"I was feeling quite a bit of pain, up until a couple days ago," McMorris said. "On that landing it was jarring. It hurt a little bit. It's not affecting my riding I don't think." 

Spencer O'Brien makes finals on women's side

On the women's side, Canada's top medal contender in women's slopestyle snowboarding has punched her ticket straight to the finals as Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, B.C., scored 82.75 to finish third in the first of two heats.


A number of Canadians involved in the Olympics seem to be passing the down time in Sochi taking fun pictures of themselves on social media, spawning the hashtag #Sochiselfie. The best one so far might be that of Canadian freestyle skier Matt Margetts.

Canada house opens

The place that Team Canada athletes will be spending a lot of their time in Sochi was formally housewarmed, as Canada Olympic House opened overnight. It's their home away from home, and a great place to watch other Canadians compete, while soaking up some tastes of home. 

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