Mark McMorris lashes out at 'ridiculous' judges

Canada's Mark McMorris reacts to his score at the finish line during the men's slopestyle...

Canada's Mark McMorris reacts to his score at the finish line during the men's slopestyle snowboarding qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

KRASNAYA, PLYANA, RUSSIA - The Sochi Winter Games have yet to be officially declared open and there’s already a judging controversy.

Unfortunately for a Canadian team looking to get off to a rousing start in one of the first medal events when competition opens on Saturday, one of their own is in the middle of it – and snowboarding superstar Mark McMorris is none too happy about it.

The Regina native lashed out at the “ridiculous” judging after placing seventh in Thursday’s qualifying session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the first official action for these Olympics.

“It’s hurting mentally right now more than anything,” a clearly dejected McMorris, one of Canada’s top medal hopes, said afterwards. “I didn’t get the score I wanted. I didn’t think my run was much different than anybody else. It sure as heck wasn’t sketchy. It felt really solid and clean.

“It’s pretty ridiculous, but it’s a judged sport, what can you do?”

What McMorris will have to do now is compete in the semifinal round on Saturday morning to claim one of the remaining four spots for the medal round later that day. The top four from each of two qualifying groups on Thursday advanced directly to the final.

More importantly, McMorris will add another mental burden onto what is already becoming a trying Olympics, the first for him and his sport. Less than two weeks ago, the 20-year-old broke a rib in a competition and he’s been battling through the pain to get ready for the most important day in the young history of his sport.


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