'McRib' can't destroy McMorris's appetite for gold

Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris spins off a jump during slopestyle snowboard training at the...

Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris spins off a jump during slopestyle snowboard training at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

SOCHI, RUSSIA - It will be the Olympic debut for both Mark McMorris and his funky new sport.

And both have come so far that the Canadian slopeboarder isn’t going to allow one little busted rib to get in the way of a gold medal.

McMorris, who has a good shot to collect Canada’s first gold on Saturday, is recovering from a broken rib sustained in his final pre-Sochi competition just over a week ago. But on Tuesday, the Regina native was training on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and expressed optimism that the pain won’t hold him back.

“It feels so much better,” McMorris said. “I went riding off the course yesterday. It was more painful than I hoped, (but) I’ve been medically cleared and it’s not going to get any worse.”

But will it improve enough for McMorris to be at his best? He sustained the injury when he crashed hard into a rail at the Winter X Games in Colorado on Jan. 25. Since then, he's been working on recovery and managing the pain as Saturday’s competition nears.


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