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Olympic medallist Mark McMorris lands in Regina

Mark McMorris touched down Saturday afternoon in Regina, returning home after winning a bronze medal in the brand new Olympic sport of slopestyle.

Bronze medal-winning snowboarder says he's glad to be back home and away from Olympic spotlight

Olympic Medalist Mark McMorris returns to Regina. 6:28

The man who won Canada's first medal of the Sochi Olympics touched down in his hometown of Regina Saturday afternoon.

Mark McMorris won a bronze medal on the first day of the Games, in men's snowboard slopestyle — a sport that made its Olympic debut this year.
Mark McMorris took home the bronze medal in men's snowboarding slopestyle, a sport that made its debut at the Sochi Olympics.

"It's crazy. You don't really recognize the magnitude [of the Olympics] until you get back to Canada," said McMorris, whose plane arrived Saturday at the Regina International Airport.

"When you get back to Canada, and all the people know [you've won a medal] and have literally been watching every second of it — it's pretty cool."

McMorris had been touted as a favourite in the slopestyle event, but the 20-year-old fractured a rib two weeks before the Olympics got underway.

He fell on his first jump in Sochi, but rebounded with a strong second jump and managed to finish on the podium.

With his first Olympics under his belt, McMorris said he expected his life as a professional snowboarder will return "back to normal," at least until the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"The Olympics will show up again, and it'll just ramp up," he said. "It'll be exciting."