Mark McMorris’ Quest for Olympic Slopestyle Gold
Mark McMorris will be one of Canada’s top medal contenders at Sochi, looking to take the nation’s first gold at these Games, and the first gold medal ever in snowboard slopestyle.
The Road to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Saskatchewan is an unlikely province to produce a snowboard prodigy, but that is where Canada’s slopestyle star Mark McMorris calls home. Hailing from Regina, McMorris started snowboarding because of its similarities to skateboarding. But he has come a long way since riding the hills at Mission Ridge Winter Park near Fort Qu’Appelle.
As a 16-year-old, Mark McMorris 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. Mark McMorris captured gold in big air with his backside triple cork mute 1440. He would go on to win silver at the 2012 Winter X Games in Tignes.
McMorris continued his winning ways in 2012-13. In his debut at the FIS Snowboard World Championships, he won the silver medal. He successfully defended his slopestyle gold at the Winter X Games in Aspen, defeating White in a much anticipated showdown between the veteran and the upstart.
Mark McMorris also won a second-straight silver at the Winter X Games in Tignes and finished the year as the top-ranked slopestyler on the World Snowboard Tour, all before his 20th birthday.