I love the Olympics – especially the Winter Olympics. Many of the sports carry considerable amount of physical risk, whether it be the laser sharp blades of the speed skaters, the speed zipping down a steep hill, flying stories above the ground, and of course sending yourself head first down an ice track on a small sled.
I also love the stories of all the athletes as they have spent many years training for this moment when the world watches and cheers.
Obviously, I follow and cheer a lot more for our Canadian athletes and last night I witnessed a truly inspirational story.
Last March Mark McMorris was seriously injured while snowboarding backcountry. He hit a tree and fractured his jaw, left arm, pelvis, multiple ribs, ruptured his spleen, and collapsed his left lung. It was shocking to the nation and many of us followed his story as he fought to recover.
Fast forward to Pyeong Chang 2018. Just under one year later. Men’s slopestyle. Guess who’s back? Mark McMorris. He laid down three amazing runs to land him a second Olympic Bronze. Oh and did I mention he broke his femur in 2016 and has a rod in there?
And then there’s Denny Morrison. He recovered from a bad motorcycle accident in 2015, suffered a stroke in 2016 and is back competing in long track speed skating.
These stories are so inspirational as it demonstrates many things. Perseverance. Determination. Attitude.
If they can overcome challenging life experiences, so can we.