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Mark McMorris

Mark McMorris at the 2014 Olympics
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Mark McMorris

Mark McMorris
  • Birth date 12/09/1993
  • Birthplace Regina
  • Residence Regina
  • Height/Weight 5'10"/ 158 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

Canada has been the top nation in slopestyle and big air snowboarding for several years, and Mark McMorris is a big part of the reason why.

A true dual threat, McMorris has racked up wins in both disciplines at snowboarding's preeminent contests. After a breakout season in 2010-11, he won double gold (slopestyle and big air) at the 2012 X Games and has remained a consistent favorite in both ever since.

That status as the favorite followed McMorris into the 2014 Sochi Games, where slopestyle made its Olympic debut, but a crash at X Games less than two weeks prior left him with a broken rib. Riding through the injury (which earned him the nickname "McRib"), McMorris put down a solid run that included two triple corks — a trick that he had been the first to ever land in a contest two years prior — but only managed a bronze medal, as he finished behind American gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg and Norwegian rider Stale Sandbech.

All this success came in spite of the fact that McMorris grew up in Saskatchewan — Canada's flattest province. To compensate for the lack of mountains, he and his brother, Craig, would build jumps in their yard using snow that they had shoveled out of parking lots and into a pickup truck.

In March 2017, McMorris was injured while filming in the Canadian backcountry. A crash left him with a long list of injuries: broken jaw, broken left arm, ruptured spleen, stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung. Expected to recover in time for PyeongChang 2018, McMorris was provisionally named to the Canadian Olympic snowboarding team shortly after the crash occurred.
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Getting to know Mark McMorris

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2014 Olympic slopestyle bronze medalist

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8-time X Games slopestyle medalist (4 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)

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6-time X Games big air medalist (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)

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