Winter Olympics 2018: Bronze makes McMorris' recovery from life-threatening injuries worthwhile
Winning bronze in the men's slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics less than 12 months on from life-threatening injuries made a difficult period worthwhile for Mark McMorris.
McMorris finished behind Red Gerard and Max Parrot in Pyeongchang on Sunday to complete a remarkable recovery for the Canadian, who was hospitalised after hitting a tree in March 2017.
The 24-year-old suffered fractures to his jaw, left arm, pelvis and ribs and sustained a ruptured spleen and collapsed left lung after a backcountry snowboarding accident in Whistler.
McMorris thought he was going to die after the incident, but he was overjoyed after winning his second Olympic medal so soon into his comeback.
"I'm on the podium. I probably shouldn't even be here," said the seven-time X-Games champion.
"For a sport that's progressing at such a rapid rate and not having snowboarded much in the last few years, to get on the podium is pretty cool.
"I had some low times, but these high times make it worthwhile.
"The lowest point - not being able to move. Being super uncomfortable, not being able to talk, that sucked.
"It was for one stupid mistake; I wish I could take that back every day of my life."