The Calgary Stampede has named its 2018 parade marshal, a two-time Canadian Olympic bronze medalist in snowboarding.
Mark McMorris won his second Olympic bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics just 11 months after a near-fatal injury he sustained while backcountry boarding with friends near Whistler, BC.
The 24-year-old Saskatchewan native is also a 15-time X-Games medalist.
“Mark McMorris is the guy that gives it all he’s got. His perseverance, passion, resilience and integrity are what makes his story a story the whole world has been watching,” says David Sibbald, President & Chairman of the Board at the Calgary Stampede.
McMorris said the city has always had a special place in his heart, having spent a lot of time at Canada Olympic Park with his brother Craig and winning his first World Cup event in the city back in 2010.
“Being named as the Calgary Stampede Parade Marshal is such an incredible honour for me,” said McMorris.
“I grew up in Saskatchewan and believe in prairie pride and the values that we share with the Calgary Stampede and with Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”
The Calgary Stampede runs from July 6 to 15.