Sochi Olympics 2014: Mark McMorris fractures rib at Winter X Games

Jan 19, 2013; Stoneham, Quebec, CAN; Mark McMorris (CAN) after the Big Air Men’s Finals at the FIS World Championships. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

During a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Canadian slopstyle snowboarder Mark McMorris suffered an injury that has been diagnosed as a broken rib. McMorris was expected to challenge Shaun White for the slopestyle gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but the broken rib will certainly slow him down.

However, despite the injury, McMorris plans to keep his travel schedule as planned and continue preparing for next month’s Winter Olympics in the Sochi.

“Thank you to everyone for your concern,” McMorris said, via the Associated Press.

“After thorough discussions with my team of doctors and a number of medical specialists, and my physical therapist and coaches, I will continue as planned with traveling to Europe [Sunday] and recovering for the Olympics. While I’m sore, I’m continuing on my road to Sochi.”

McMorris still managed to take home the silver at the event, thanks to his run prior to slipping on a rail and suffering the injury.

In Sochi, McMorris and White will be going head to head as the favorites to bring home the inaugural slopestyle gold. Qualifying for the slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics will take place on Feb. 6.

Topics: 2014 Winter Olympics, Mark McMorris, Shaun White, Snowboarding, Sochi Olympics

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