Mark McMorris

I just wanna do as well as I can and have a lot of fun...

Mark McMorris competes in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, USA
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Hi, my name is Mark McMorris. My discipline is snowboard slopestyle. I was born on 9 December 1993 in Saskatchewan, Canada. My special talent is skateboarding and surfing. My philosophy of life is find something you love and go for it. The most important person in my life is my brother. My favourite food is pasta. My favourite music is hip-hop.

Bio

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.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: Burton US Open – Slopestyle

      McMorris also became the first rider ever to land a back to back triple cork during a competition

      Vail, Colorado

  2. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: Burton European Open - Snowboard Slopestyle

      Laax, Switzerland

    2. 1st Place: Winter X Games – Big Air and Slopestyle

      Aspen, Colorado, USA

  3. 2014
    1. 1st Place: Burton U.S. Open - Slopestyle

      Vail, Colorado, USA

    2. 3rd Place: Winter Olympics - Snowboard Slopestyle

      Sochi, Russia

    3. 2nd Place: Winter X Games - Slopestyle

      Aspen, Colorado, USA

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Dew Tour Mountain Championships - Slopestyle

      Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

    2. 1st Place: Winter X Games - Slopestyle

      Aspen, Colorado, USA