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"I don't know what to say, it's like a dream coming true," he said. "Finally I have the Olympic dream coming to me, it's a dream that started when I was sitting on my couch with my dad and my brother watching the Salt Lake City Olympics 11 years ago, this is where it starts."
For Marquis, one of several strong mogul skiers on the team, a bronze medal was just the thing.
"I came here with a good vision and I skied my best," he said. "I like the course, I like the snow, even if it's difficult," he said. "I'm really happy because this was one of the biggest events of the season and I had my best result. I think I had a great week."
Reigning Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau had a disappointing day after he crashed on his second jump. "I landed just perfect but I guess I was the first man to go in that line and because it was so soft I went deep, my ski dug into the snow and I couldn't do anything," he said. "But it happens, it's nothing you can control and with the slush here it could have happened to anyone."
Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh was ninth, Marc-Antoine Gagnon 13th and Bilodeau 14th.
In the women's event, Americans Hannah Kearney, Eliza Outtrim and Heather McPhie were first, second and fourth with Aiko Uemura of Japan picking up the bronze. The top Canadian was Audrey Robichaud in fifth, followed by Justine Dufour-Lapointe in seventh, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in ninth and Andi Naude in 13th. The other Canadians, including Whistler's Chelsea Henitiuk, did not qualify for the 16-skier final.
It's only the second event in the past two seasons where a Canadian did not finish on the podium. Justine Dufour-Lapointe had to surrender the women's leader bib to Hannah Kearney but vowed to get it back.
Canadians earn three in ski halfpipe
In halfpipe, Canadian freeskiers earned three additional medals. Rosalind Groenewoud of Squamish secured a spot for herself in 2014 with a silver medal, while teammates Keltie Hansen and Mike Riddle both finished with bronze medals.
"Definitely, I think that being on the podium here gives me a bit of a confidence boost going into next year to know that I can perform well in this pipe," said Groenewoud. "That said, I've won events in pipes I've previously crashed (in), and crashed in events I've previously won in.
"So I know that I need to work really hard this next year because the quality of my skiing tonight definitely wasn't the level it has been this season and definitely is not the quality I want it to be next year. I was just losing focus in between tricks. I'm usually a person that competes a lot better than I train and this event I trained a lot better than I competed. So I've got my work cut out for me."
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