Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris finished a stunning comeback on the podium in Pyeongchang.
Last year, he hit a tree during a run and had a horrific amount of injuries. From USA TODAY Sports:
Once McMorris arrived at a hospital, the extent of the injuries was clear – 17 broken bones, collapsed lung and ruptured spleen. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma, and McMorris had surgeries on his jaw, arm, lung and spleen.
Given the nature of his injuries, he recovered quickly. McMorris, 24, said he was expected to be hospitalized for a month but left after 12 days.
“They just kept pulling out tubes and I kept getting better each day,” he said. “They were really tripping on how fast I was healing, but I was in pretty good shape going into it and just a young guy having all those weird injuries.”
McMorris ended up third nearly a year later in slopestyle. He sent this emotional tweet after receiving his bronze medal:
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