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Mark McMorris breaks leg in big air crash

Mark McMorris

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 23: (FRANCE OUT) Max Parrot of Canada takes 2nd place, Mark McMorris of Canada takes 1st place during the Winter X Games America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air on January 23, 2015 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Nathan Bilow/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Agence Zoom

Olympic snowboard slopestyle bronze medalist Mark McMorris suffered a broken femur in a crash at an Air and Style big air event in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

“I’m disappointed to have to sit out for some time, but I am looking forward to getting back on snow as soon as possible,” McMorris, set to undergo surgery Monday, said in a press release.

McMorris, 22, has won four of the last five Winter X Games slopestyle titles and would have been heavily favored in Sochi had he not broken a rib at the X Games, 12 days before his Olympic competition.

McMorris is also strong in big air, which makes its Olympic debut at Pyeongchang 2018.

McMorris won Winter X Games big air last year and finished second to countryman Max Parrot this year.

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