THE CANADIAN PRESS
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
WHISTLER, B.C. -- Mark McMorris and Max Parrot will lead Canada's Olympic slopestyle and big air snowboard team at next month's Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
McMorris's Olympic involvement was in doubt last year when he was seriously hurt in a 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. He was airlifted to hospital and underwent emergency surgery to control bleeding and repair his jaw and arm.
But McMorris 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, a seven-time Winter X Games champion, won bronze in slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"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 news release.
Parrot, from Bromont, Que., has four podium finishes this World Cup season (two gold, two silver) and has won six career X Games medals.
"The strength of our snowboard team reflects the incredible depth Canada has in this exciting sport," Canada chef de mission Isabelle Charest stated.
Snowboard slopestyle will take place at the Phoenix Snow Park on Feb. 10-12. Big air will take place on a specially constructed ramp at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on Feb. 1924.