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#RozAndMocha: Mark McMorris Makes Canada Proud in Pyeongchang!

Originally Aired: February 12, 2018

Everyone loves a comeback.

And that’s exactly what bronze medallist Mark McMorris gave Canada on Feb. 11, when the snowboard prodigy and Saskatchewan-native placed third for slopestyle snowboarding in Pyeongchang.

The bronze medal win comes just 11 months after McMorris broke his jaw and left arm, fractured his pelvis and ribs, ruptured his spleen and collapsed his left lung. The 24-year old was snowboarding on a backcountry route in Whistler, British Columbia when he caught an edge, drifted too far and hit a tree.

If you can believe it, this isn’t even the first time McMorris has come back from catastrophe. In Feb. 2016, he broke his right femur on a crash landing at a big air event in Los Angeles, taking him off the snow for 8 months.

McMorris finished third behind American Redmond Gerard and Canadian Max Parrot. After his appearance on the podium, McMorris told Roz & Mocha that there was no question he’d get back on a board once his wounds healed. “I actually remember, quite fondly, Jake Burton coming to Vancouver and telling me ‘hey dude, don’t feel any pressure from [Burton] to be snowboarding anymore if you’re over it—totally understand. That was a really tragic accident,'” McMorris said. “I said, ‘there’s no way I’m done with this—this is my life, there’s nothing that brings me this kind of joy.'”

Listen to the full interview above.

 

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