Friday, November 1, 2013

Mark McMorris - new MTV show tonight...snowboarding for gold in 99 days!

Originally published on SportCafé.ca

MTV is debuting an 8-episode Canadian docu-series tonight at 9pm called McMorris & McMorris.

You can view above in full screen or see the trailer by clicking here.

The show follows brothers Mark and Craig McMorris from Regina to the world of professional snowboarding. Mark is the slopestyle X-Games and Dew Tour Champion. His brother Craig, also on the national snowboard team will be a CBC snowboard analyst at the 2014 Olympics.

Mark was at my local SportChek recently for a meet and greet and "Shop with a Pro" event.

With slopestyle becoming an Olympic sport at the upcoming Sochi Games, I was interested to know whether he will prepare differently than he has in the past competing on the pro tours.

He said that definitely he will be focusing on the Olympics this year. He's going to try to do less before the Olympics and try to practice more rather than competing. He'll be working on new tricks, but also working on perfecting the existing ones.

He was the first snowboarder to complete a triple cork in competition (three flips and four 360-degree rotations). He guesses that six competitors will do it at the Olympics. Does that mean that Mark will be trying to perfect it or attempt new and bigger tricks? He answered that he's "always perfecting, but definitely working on new tricks."

Mark has said that if he rides his best, he can win. His hope is that he rides his best when it counts. A hurdle he will have to overcome (along with his fellow snowboarders and freestyle skiers) is that the X-Games are the week before the Olympics so he will be competing in Aspen from Jan. 23-26 and then going straight to Sochi to prepare for the Games. He will not have much time to get on the right time schedule. The Slopestyle competition begins February 6th, the day before the Opening Ceremony with the finals held on February 8th.

There are a number of medal events on February 8th, but slopestyle will have the first medals awarded. Mark is on track and focused on being not only Canada's first but THE first gold medallist of the 2014 Olympics. He's not the only Canadian who could end up on the podium. In 2013, Sebastien Toutant won the Tignes X Games and Max Parrot won silver at the Aspen X Games.

Go Canada Go!

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