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Mark McMorris POST-OLYMPIC INTERVIEW: “It Felt Like A Gold With Everything I Went Through”

George spoke to 2014  slopestyle bronze medal winner Mark McMorris upon his return from Sochi, and the snowboarding star told him he'd learned a lot from the experience.

McMorris won his Olympic bronze while competing with a broken rib, an injury he suffered on Jan. 25 at the Winter X Games.

It was the first thing George asked him about.

"The rib is feeling better and better every day, but it's still a broken rib so every time I sneeze I almost cry," said McMorris.

Only having a couple of weeks to prepare for the Olympics forced McMorris to put in a lot of rehab time.

"I was in seven hours of rehab every day," he said. "I felt like I was in an old woman's Pilates class in the pool... I was doing pool aerobics. It was pretty cool." 

However, McMorris had to steer clear of most drugs in his rehab.

"No, you're not allowed to take anything too major," said McMorris. "Just a lot of of acupuncture to release all the muscles and definitely some muscle relaxers for sure, but nothing that was banned. It was crazy."

Winning while injured gave McMorris a new perspective.

"Going in I was a gold medal favourite, but at the end of the day I got bronze," said McMorris. "But at the end of the day it felt like a gold with everything I went through. It's literally the most adversity I've had to overcome." 

What did Mark McMorris learn from this whole experience?

"I think setbacks sometimes make you better," he said. "You tend to want things more. And I also learned that everything happens for a reason. I was so incredibly worked up about the Olympics before I got hurt and I could not take my mind off it. When I got hurt all the stress went away. I was just hanging out, trying to get better, worried about myself, did it for myself. 

"I wanted it so bad, but it wasn't, like, a stress about it. It was like, 'I need to go and do it.' And all the pain I went through, this thing [pulls bronze medal out of pocket] just heals it all."

George's interview with Mark McMorris will air Tuesday, February 25 on CBC.