Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris chosen as 2018 Calgary Stampede Parade marshal

Two-time Olympic bronze medal winning snowboarder Mark McMorris will lead this year's Calgary Stampede Parade.

Saskatchewan native won Olympic medals in Sochi and Pyeongchang

Olympic snowboarder Mark McMorris is the 2018 Calgary Stampede Parade marshal. The 24-year-old from Regina specializes in slopestyle and big air events. (CBC)

Two-time Olympic bronze medal winning snowboarder Mark McMorris will lead this year's Calgary Stampede Parade. 

The Saskatchewan native says he's very excited for the opportunity to play an important role in what he called an iconic Canadian event.

"Super honoured — thank you, guys," he said as he was introduced at an event at the Stampede grounds on Thursday morning.

"I had no expectation of getting picked for this."

Mark McMorris says leading the Calgary Stampede Parade will be a big honour, but that riding a horse for several hours for the first time in many years will probably make him quite sore. (Mike Symington/CBC)

McMorris said that having grown up in Saskatchewan, he's been to many rodeos. But this will be his first Calgary Stampede.

He said he's looking forward to spending all morning on his horse, Texas, even though it's been a while.

"It's going to hurt, I'll be bow-legged."

The snowboarder had a near-catastrophic crash in 2017 in the B.C. backcountry. He hit a tree and broke several bones and suffered internal injuries.

A marching band plays during the 2015 Calgary Stampede Parade. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

But he recovered in time to compete in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, where he won a bronze medal in the men's slopestyle event.

He was also a bronze medallist in Sochi in 2014.

The parade takes place July 6. It starts at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and First Street S.E. at 9 a.m. It travels west to 10th Street S.W., where it heads north to Sixth Avenue and then goes back east to end at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Macleod Trail.

The Calgary Stampede runs from July 6 to 15.

A map of the route the 2018 Calgary Stampede Parade will follow. (Calgary Stampede)