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McMorris breaks rib at Winter X Games

Mark McMorris
Mark McMorris
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According to Rachel Axon of USA Today on Saturday, Canadian Olympian and gold medal contender Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan suffered a serious injury at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

McMorris broke his rib whe he collided into a rail on Saturday during the third round and had to settle for second place in the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition behind teammate Maxence Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec.

Even though McMorris still won a Winter X Games medal, the timing of his injury could not be worse as the 2014 Olympic Winter Games are less than two weeks away. To make matters even worse for McMorris is that the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition will take place on February 9, the first Sunday of the Olympic Winter Games.

McMorris has not been the only Canadian Olympian to be injured at the Winter X Games. On Friday, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec injured her knee in the women's snowboarder cross competition and only finished 12th. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, British Columbia meanwhile fell in the semi-finals, but it appears she was not injured.

The injury to McMorris needs to be examined by the Canadian Olympic Committee and questions need to be raised if athletes who participate in high risk sports should be allowed to participate in competitions such as the X Games, with the Olympic Winter Games just around the corner.