Mark McMorris 'disappointed' after femur-breaking fall
'I'm disappointed to have to sit out for some time'
Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris is thanking his family and fans for their love and support following a massive crash Sunday night.
McMorris, of Regina, broke his femur while landing a frontside 1440 triple cork at the Air+Style event in Los Angeles
"I'm disappointed to have to sit out for some time, but I am looking forward to getting back on snow as soon as possible,"McMorris said in a statement.
He is expected to have surgery later Monday, according to Red Bull Canada, adding he "is expected to make a full and speedy recovery."
McMorris had flown about 100 feet from a 16-storey jump and had just touched down when he caught an edge and went tumbling.
Commentators on the live stream described the fall as "just brutal."
here's what happened to Mark McMorris tonight in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AirandStyle?src=hash">#AirandStyle</a> for those wondering. <a href="https://t.co/yyyuYhtXRq">pic.twitter.com/yyyuYhtXRq</a>—@JoshMorschauser
Less than an hour later, McMorris's fellow Canadian in the competition, Sebastien Toutant, shared a first reaction.
I really hope you're allgood Buddy!! <a href="https://twitter.com/markmcmorris">@markmcmorris</a> 👊🏼 you're a beast!—@SebToots
Shortly afterwards, Air+Style posted an update on his condition.
<a href="https://twitter.com/markmcmorris">@markmcmorris</a> is ok and is being evaluated right now. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AirandStyle?src=hash">#AirandStyle</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LosAngeles?src=hash">#LosAngeles</a>—@airandstyle
Playing through the pain
It's not the first time the Regina native has been injured in competition.
McMorris won Canada's first medal of the Sochi Games in 2014, a bronze in slopestyle, just two weeks after fracturing a rib at the X Games.
When he was initially injured, McMorris said at the time that he rode to the bottom on adrenaline.
"By the time I got to the hospital, I could barely get on the bed, or laugh or talk."
His treatment at the time was Tylenol and acupuncture.