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Mark McMorris’ brother predicts Shaun White will not win slopestyle medal

Shaun White

FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup at the U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix on December 22, 2013 in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Doug Pensinger

Mark McMorris, the Canadian favorite for Sochi Olympic gold in slopestyle snowboarding, has his own TV show on MTV Canada. It’s called “McMorris and McMorris.”

The other McMorris is Mark’s older brother, Craig, also a snowboarder. Craig will be in Sochi as an analyst for CBC.

Craig recently did a Q&A with Postmedia News where he talked about burying his bias when commentating on his brother’s event, being in a stunt plane while it was on fire and the comparisons about his brother and Shaun White.

“It’s funny because the media want storylines and they want people to have adversity and they’ve obviously pitted Mark and Shaun against each other,” Craig said. “What I think about the comparison between Mark and Shaun, though, is it’s all media built. They like each other, they’re friends, they snowboard together. It’s funny to see the background of what actually happens as opposed to what you see on the news. It’s different.”

Mark McMorris won the Winter X Games slopestyle last January, where White finished fifth. They also competed in the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in December. White posted the best qualifying score but pulled out before the final with an ankle injury.

Mark McMorris won the final with higher scores than White’s qualifying mark in both runs.

That in mind, here were Craig McMorris’ predictions for slopestyle medals at the Sochi Olympics:

“Mark McMorris first place, [Canadian] Sebastien Toutant second place or no particular order, one-two, whatever they want,” he told Postmedia News. “And third place I’m going to say a Norwegian. I’m not going to say who.”

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