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Mark McMorris

Olympic Bronze Medallist, Slopestyle & Big Air Snowboarder

Popping up out of nowhere to take the competitive big air and slopestyle scene by storm, Mark McMorris has literally demolished boundaries, scooping some of the biggest titles en route. Where a flat-land kid from Regina, Saskatchewan learned to ride like this is anybody’s guess, but the facts of his progress can be easily measured in podiums around the world, including a 2011 X Games Slopestyle Silver and Gold at the legendary Air & Style in Innsbruck.

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Olympic Experience Mark McMorris on his Olympic experience.

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Summary Profile

Mark McMorris grew up in Saskachewan, a flat and mountain-free region of Canada. Hailing from Regina, McMorris started snowboarding because of its similarities to skateboarding. Mark has only been competing professionally since 2009, but has made a huge impact since his arrival in the realm of professional snowboarding. As a 16-year-old, he won the first ever World Cup slopestyle competition that he entered in January 2010.  The next year he made his debut at the Winter X Games in Aspen, finishing second to fellow Canadian Sébastien Toutant.  But McMorris created his own headlines at the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen when he won both the slopestyle and big air competitions, making him the first snowboarder to be a double gold medallist since American superstar Shaun White in 2009.  McMorris would go on to win silver at the 2012 Winter X Games in Tignes. Mark is known for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a board. In Big Air, he made history by landing the first triple cork in contest history. He’d previously been known for landing the first backside triple cork 1440 in March 2011. Mark is also involved with such charitable organizations as Jump Start and KidSport, where he donates time and equipment. At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Mark won Canada’s first medal, taking home Bronze in the Slopestyle competition.