After an incredible season of competition for Mark McMorris, we are extremely sorry to report that he was injured in the Whistler, B.C., backcountry this past Saturday. According to the CBC, McMorris suffered a fractured jaw, fractured left arm, ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung.
After returning from a broken femur at the L.A. Air + Style 2016, McMorris, SNOWBOARDER’s #8 Rider of the Year for 2017, took the top spot at the Burton U.S. Open slopestyle finals, gold at Dew Tour slope, gold at X Games slope, and a handful of World Cup titles this season.
The full press release regarding his injuries from the Canada Snowboard Team is below:
Vancouver, BC — During a backcountry snowboard trip on Saturday, March 25, Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris sustained several injuries including a fractured jaw, fractured left arm, ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung, according to Canada Snowboard Team Physician, Doctor Rodney J. French.
After being airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital, McMorris underwent a successful minimally invasive surgery to control bleeding from the spleen on Saturday, March 25.
Mark underwent a second surgery on Sunday evening, March 26, to repair both Mark's jaw and upper arm fractures.
According to Doctor French, Mark's surgeries were both successful.
"While both the mandible and humerus fractures were complicated injuries, the surgeries went very well and both fractures are now stabilized to heal in excellent position. It is too early to speculate on a timeline for Mark’s recovery." said Dr. French.
This follows a successful snowboard season in which Mark won three X Games medals and two Crystal Globes, one for the new Olympic discipline of Big Air and another as the Overall FIS Freestyle World Cup champion for 2016/2017.
Canada Snowboard's Executive Director, Patrick Jarvis, believes that Mark will be prepared for the rehabilitation required to make a comeback to competition leading into PyeongChang 2018.
“We fully support Mark and he is already under the incredible care of the staff of the Vancouver General Hospital." said Mr. Jarvis. “Mark has shown incredible resilience and commitment to recovering from injury and we know that PyeongChang 2018 will be a strong motivation for his comeback.
Mark is currently resting at Vancouver General Hospital and is not available for comment. As such, Mark's media availability/telephone conference originally scheduled for Tuesday morning has been canceled.
From everyone at SNOWBOARDER, we wish you a solid and fast recovery.