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Mr. White... It's easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can't win...

— Sebastien Toutant (@SebToots)

When I first read "Mr. White" the first thing that popped into my head was Eddie Murphy's old character on SNL... :P

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McMorris scored 89.25, which was actually better than Toutant (Heat 1) - yet Toutant is qualified for finals. McMorris was simply in more competitive group. Had he been in Heat 1 instead, he would be in 3rd place right now and already qualified for finals.

That said, 89.25 is still not good enough. He's gotta bring it in semi-finals.

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Day -1 is over. Here's a summary for Canada.

Snowboard Men's Slopestyle

- Parrot finishes 1st overall in qualifications, straight to final

- Toutant finishes 3rd in his heat, straight to final

- McMorris and Reid must go to semi-final in order to qualify

Snowboard Women's Slopestyle

- O Brien finishes 3rd in her heat, straight to final

- Blasman goes to semi-final

Figure Skating Team

- Chan finishes 3rd in Men's Short

- Duhamel & Radford finish 2nd in Pairs Short

- Team Canada currently 2nd behind Russia with 17 points

Freestyle Skiing Ladies Moguls

- All 4 Canadians advance straight to finals

- Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in 2nd behind Kearney (USA)

- Justine Dufour-Lapointe in 3rd

- Maxime Dufour-Lapointe in 8th

- Robichaud in 10th

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I don't get the scores either. But it looks like the X Games reward risk and tricks. Here, the judges seem to prefer technical but conservative runs (McMorris adapted for today's semi-final).

His problem is consistency and catering to the judges. So far, his scores are:

29.50 (qual 1)

89.25 (qual 2)

55.50 (semi 1)

89.25 (semi 2)

I'm counting 10 athletes who scored higher than 90 already. Even with a clean run, McMorris didn't reach that. He's got to figure it out quick, and do clean runs from now on. Otherwise, I'm not sure we'll see any other Canadian on the podium aside from Parrot.

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