One of the most powerful part of the Olympics is the stories that many atheletes bring with them to the event. Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris has one of those stories after a near-death collision with a tree outside of Whistler BC. He suffered a broken jaw & arm plus a pelvic fracture and collapsed left lung, ruptured spleen. McMorris says his brothers and friends kep him calm and stable until a helicopter could reach him. “I’ve been in the hospital quite a bit and it was definitely the most serious, the most panicked I’d ever seen doctors and paramedics, trying to get him in that MedEvac down to Vancouver as soon as possible,” his brother Craig said.
Month of physiotherapy followed but not only was McMorris hungry to get back on his snowboard, he was hungry to get back into competition knowing that the PyeongChang Olympics were fast approaching. Come November he won a World Cup event in Norway. Many people now compare him to X-Men character ‘Wolverine’ who has super-human healing powers. 11 months after his accident McMorris is on the podium adding an Olympic bronze medal in slopestyle to Canada’s tally!
Thank You Life🙏🏽❤ pic.twitter.com/TdHcIdWzqJ
— Mark McMorris (@markmcmorris) February 12, 2018