This weekend was full of Canadian success at the Olympics, 2 gold medals, 4 silver and 1 bronze. With every medal, with every participant, there is a unique story. The one I want to share with you is the comeback story of Bronze medal winner Mark McMorris. Less than a year ago he was in hospital fighting for his life after a terrifying snowboarding injury. As he was on the hill with his brother, he was in mid air after a jump and his entire left side hit a tree. He had 17 broken bones, a ruptured spleen and a collapsed lung. Thanks to quick thinking, satellite phones and a helicopter Mark lived to tell the tale. What’s even more inspiring is the fact that he got right back on his board and won one of Canada’s first 2 medals this year.
Apparently a lot can change in a week.. So so thankful to have my life! It was touch and go there for a second and I don't know how I can thank everyone enough for praying and sending healing vibes…. I hit a tree in the whistler backcountry a week ago and to be honest I was pretty sure I was going to die… @craigmcmorris @torsteinhorgmo @erinhogue @brandonkelly and @ryantiene saved my life by staying calm, building me a nest, and calling search and rescue🙏🏼 I will never take another day on this earth for granted .. 😌 Much Love❤
Hearing McMorris describe not only the crash, but the hours and days after it, you realize just how close he was to never leaving that hospital bed…let alone ever being back on a snowboard.
“When I was laying there I was pretty sure I was going to die because I had so many broken bones and I could tell I had a lot wrong inside” he says in an interview with CNN “it was a really scary time”
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