Mark McMorris let the world know he is back on Saturday.
In his first competition since suffering an accident near Whistler, BC eight months ago that resulted in the Regina native suffering numerous injuries including a fractured pelvis, a collapsed lung and a broken arm, McMorris won gold in the men’s big air competition at a World Cup event in Beijing.
The 23 year old took top spot in his qualification heat with a score of 83.00. In the final, McMorris impressed the judges, performing a frontside triple cork 1440 mute and a backside triple cork 1440 indy to grab a combined score of 187.00.
McMorris’s victory is a step toward qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He won slopestyle bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.