For Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, winning a medal at this years Winter Olympics meant so much more than just taking home the bronze for his country. nearly died.
Eleven months ago the 24-year-old nearly died after he ran into a tree on a practice run. McMorris was put in a medically-induced coma–breaking 17 bones, suffering a collapsed lung and a ruptured spleen. He would go have to endure surgeries on his jaw, arm, lung and spleen.
McMorris, who was expected to be in the hospital for a month, miraculously left after just 12 days.
Fast forward to this past Sunday, McMorris found himself standing on an Olympic podium after securing a bronze medal in men’s slopestyle. After the unlikely victory, the Canadian posted a tweet detailing just how far he’s come in a year.
Thank You Life🙏🏽❤ pic.twitter.com/TdHcIdWzqJ
— Mark McMorris (@markmcmorris) February 12, 2018
McMorris’ tweet has gone viral internationally, inspiring people around the world who are facing adversity.
“It’s such a cool thing that people are backing the story,” he said. “You can’t force that on people. At the time, I wish it hadn’t happened, but now it’s so cool that so many people have reached out and said, ‘You’ve helped me through this part of my life’ or motivated me or whatever it may be.”
“I’m glad I can play that role and feel lucky to be in the position I’m in, being able to inspire others. Being able to inspire others is better than any medal.”
It’s amazing how a non-contact ACL injury takes up to nine months to come back from, and this dude was breathing via tubes less than a year ago, and he’s secured a top spot in the sport on the world’s biggest stage.