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How Mark McMorris flipped out of Canada's flattest province

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Saskatchewan isn't exactly known for its thrilling hills -- but somehow one of Canada's most promising snowboarders got his start in the country's flattest province.

As Mark McMorris gears up to bring slopestyle to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a first for the extreme sport, the 19-year-old X-games champ speaks to Jian about his unlikely reality TV show, the mounting pressure to bring home the gold, and his media-hyped rivalries with U.S. snowboarder Shaun White and his own older brother, Craig.


Mellow McMorris also explained why the pressure doesn't phase him and shares his casual attitude toward danger.

"It is extreme sport. You can get really hurt -- then again you can also get really hurt crossing the street," he said.

Check Mark McMorris out in action!


Do you feel heightened suspense when watching extreme sports? Have you ever watched the X-games or a slopestyle skiing competition, specifically? Will you be following the sport's debut in Sochi?


This interview is part of this season's conversation series: Q on Sports: Legends, Rebels and Recordbreakers. Please visit the #QonSports microsite to see new and archival interviews that offer the smart and surprising takes on why sports matter.


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