Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Canada's Mark McMorris wins bronze 11 months after near-death crash

Canada's Mark McMorris wins bronze 11 months after near-death crash

Max Parrot and Mark McMorris pose with Canadian flag after winning silver and bronze in men's slopestyle at Winter Olympics. Redmond Gerard won the gold medal with 87.16 points. Down to his final run - after crashing on his first two attempts - Parrot seized silver in men's slopestyle snowboard with an even score of 86.00.

Eleven months ago Mark McMorris lay waiting for a rescue helicopter in the backcountry near Whistler, British Columbia, with a fractured jaw, a ruptured spleen, internal bleeding, multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung.

McMorris wins his second straight bronze medal in this event.

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According to CBC, McMorris was knocked unconscious from the fall and had to be airlifted to Vancouver for emergency surgery to control his bleeding and also fix the breaks to his jaw and arm.

In his first qualifying run at the men's slopestyle event, Mark McMorris rode cleanly and scored 83.70, which booked him nearly certain passage to Sunday's final.

What followed was an arduous recovery process, including 10 days in the hospital, a liquid diet that lasted six weeks and hours of daily physical therapy.

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Not only did the 24-year-old recover back to full health, but he regained his form and secured his standing among his peers as one of the best in the world in Pyeongchang.

The Canadians were fully aware of all the medal possibilities in slopestyle, saying as far back as Monday, right after they got their first look at the Phoenix Snow Park course, that all four of them had medal potential on it. The final rounds will go Tuesday morning.

In taking silver and bronze respectively, the pair also made history by giving Canada its first ever double podium in an Olympic snowboard event, according to the Canadian Olympic Team.

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