Mark McMorris will lead Canada’s Olympic slopestyle and big air snowboard team at next month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Whether or not he would compete was in doubt earlier this year when he was seriously hurt in a serious backcountry snowboarding accident in March, with injuries including fractures to his jaw, left arm, pelvis and ribs as well as a ruptured spleen and collapsed left lung. But he showed he is ready in his first event after his recovery, winning gold in big air at a World Cup stop in Beijing in late November.
The Regina native won bronze in slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and is a seven-time Winter X Games champion.
“I’m looking forward to having similar feelings leaving as I did last time and I’m stoked that I rode to the best of my ability when it mattered,” McMorris said in a release. “I think it’s really cool to go and represent Canada and I’m looking forward to it because the nation seems to care a lot about the Olympic Games.”