The Mark McMorris biography starts in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Born in December of 1993 Mark quickly flew up the world snowboarding ranks after going pro in 2010. McMorris went from 243rd in the world in 08/09 to 14th in the 09/10 season and has remained among the top riders since.
His story is all the more remarkable considering he grew up in the mountain-less lands of Saskatchewan. McMorris’ talents had to be nurtured on family vacations to the slopes.
At only 20 years of age there is plenty left for this rider to achieve. Let’s take a look at what’s in his list of achievements so far.
|Disciplines: Freestyle (Slopestyle & Big Air)
|Resides: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Mark’s Many Notable Achievements So Far
Notable achievements in McMorris’s career so far include winning Bronze in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in the Slopestyle event, silver in the 2013 World Championships (again in the Slopestyle event), Slopestyle gold in the 2012, 2013 & 2015 Winter X games and gold in the X games in the Big Air in 2012 & 2015.
Winter X Games
McMorris’s bronze at the Sochi Olympics was a particularly impressive feat given that he broke his ribs in the Winter X Games Aspen 2014 competition which ran from January 23-26 and the Sochi Winter Olympics ran from 7-23 February 2014 – with the Slopestyle event taking place 6th to 8th February (less than 2 weeks after Mark broke his ribs!).
Snowboard World Tour Rankings
The 2012/13 season saw Mark take out the World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle title making it his first, and only world tour title to date. In that same season he also ranked 3rd in the big air and secured an overall ranking of 6th for the season.
At the time of writing McMorris was at the top of the World Snowboard Tour Pro Series Rankings in Slopestyle (last updated 06 March 2015).
The graph below shows how Mark’s career has progressed within the World Snowboard Tour rankings. His overall standings in 2014 declined sharply due to the fact that he did not compete in any Big Air events that year.
The freshly completed Burton US Open was Mark’s most recent event, where he continued his great run of form after his double gold in the 2015 edition of the Winter X games in Aspen. Mark finished second in the event behind Yuki Kadono of Japan.
Mark also has the bragging rights for being the first boarder to land a backside triple cork 1440. See video below.
The Future Ahead
With his resume already impressive at just age 21 Mark has plenty of time left to add to his achievements and at Snowboardprofles.com we look forward to following the rest of his career and being able to update and add to this profile.
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UPDATE: 2015 Winter X Games
Congratulations to Mark McMorris for winning Gold in the Big Air AND the Slopestyle at Winter X Games 2015 in Aspen.
Check out the video of his incredible Backside 1620 Triple Cork which synched the Big Air victory for him.
The winner of the Big Air for those who aren’t sure is the competitor with the best total score from 3 runs – the top two scores out of three count towards the final score. Mark scored a whopping 88 (47 and 41), 6 points ahead of his nearest rival. The Front-side triple cork 1440 that got him the 41 wasn’t half bad either. This kid is something else!
He bailed on his first run in the Slopestyle and with Stale Sandbech notching up a 95.00 McMorris had to pull out something special in his second run – and he did with a 96.00!
So a big congrats to Mark for his Double Gold at the 2015 Winter X – a feat he has now achieved for the 2nd time (he also did the double in 2012).