In order to be a successful snowboarder, you need to have grown up in the shadow of a snow-peaked mountain and have strapped on a board everyday since you could stand, right? Wrong. Mark McMorris grew up in Saskachewan, a flat and mountain-free region of Canada, and has only been competing professionally since 2009. But even before his 20th birthday, Mark was already a legend.
In 2010, he took 1st place at the FIS World Cup in Canada. The following year he took 2nd place at the Winter X Games and 1st place at the Billabong Air & Style competition in Austria.
After being the first ever snowboarder to successfully land a backside 1440 triple cork, Mark was asked to join Travis Rice and appear in the iconic snowboarding movie The Art of Flight in 2011, and immortalised the trick on film.
By 2012, Mark had become only the second person to ever win double gold at the Winter X Games (Big Air and Slopestyle), following in Shaun White's tracks. It came as no surprise to his fans when Mark took home the Transworld Rider’s Poll Rookie of the Year award that year.
That success kept on rolling in 2013 – Mark added 98 points and gold in the men's slopestyle final in Aspen, an X Games silver medal in big air, silver in slopestyle at X Games Tignes, and a win at the Burton U.S. Open to his stash, as well as a first in the overall slopestyle rankings on the 2013 TTR World Snowboard Tour.
As one of Canada’s top Winter Olympic hopefuls, all eyes were on McMorris in Sochi, 2014. Expectation (and a cracked rib) did nothing to deter the Canadian from ripping his way through the course. He walked away with the bronze medal in slopestyle and continues to push his limits to grab gold.