Unbroken: The Snowboard Life of Mark McMorris

Synopsis: After a horrific backcountry accident leaves professional snowboarder Mark McMorris in the ICU, he fights for his life and faces an existential crisis.
Director(s): Adam Burwell
45 min


(dramatic music)

(distant cheering)

[Announcer] From Saskatchewan,

ladies and gentlemen,

Mark "McMo" McMorris!

(loud cheering and applauding)

All right, are we ready

to set this place on fire?

Here we go, superhero.

[Commentator] Well,

calling him dominant

might be an understatement.

Our defending gold

medalist, Marc McMorris.

[Nasally Man]

Absolutely perfect.

[Commentator] 92.66, Mark

McMorris in the top spot.

[Broadcaster] Ladies

and Gentlemen, he on one!

[Announcer] Mark McMorris'

slopestyle domination continues.

(announcers groan)

[Announcer] Mark McMorris

hits the rail hard.

He broke his rib

in that competition.

When you break your rib,

and you have to do

those sorts of jumps,

everybody just assumed the

Olympic dream was over.

I think he feels he's got

some unfinished business.

He truly believes that he

should be able to win a gold.

He's got a bronze,

he's so hungry.

There's only one thing that

matters, and that's winning.

[Announcer] This

kid right here

is the most decorated

competitive athlete

in big air and

slopestyle history.

We're the spectacle

culture, we want big.

But at some point, you're like

the human body can't

take that landing.

That's why we have

hospitals, I guess.


(orchestral music)

[Announcer] Front

side triple cork.

(announcers groan)

Mark with one of the

heaviest toe-edge catches

coming down that landing

I have ever seen.

[Announcer] Mark

McMorris broke his femur.

(orchestral music)

I feel so much pain everywhere,

you know my hip, my knee,

everything, the screws, it

all hurts so bad all the time.

If you get hurt, you just want

to get back to it even more.

It's a weird addiction.

(ethereal music)

The 2016/2017 season, he was

coming off the worst injury

of his career, and this is the

year that he has to qualify

for the Canadian Olympic team.

So we traveled

over to South Korea

for the big air test event

for the 2018 Olympics.

Standing at the

top of that run

before I was going to

try my very first one,

I was like oh my god, I'm back.

I thought it I tried a

front side triple cork

I was just gonna

break my femur again.

[Announcer] Best

of Mark McMorris.

It was really

sugary, sketchy snow.

And I just kept telling myself,

you don't need to stress.

[Announcer] Here he goes,

front side triple 14, oh!

Couldn't quite stick it.

I was really happy

that I ate sh*t

on a front side triple.

You know, like and was fine.

I was like oh, I'm good.

I made it to finals and

then I wasn't scared at all,

I tried the next one, I

just really wanted to land.

He knew he was gonna have to

do another front

side triple cork

if he wanted to win the event.

(announcing in foreign language)

[Announcer] Is he

gonna go for it again?

The front side

triple cork 14, yes!

I slammed into the fence.

I didn't even like

stop, I was so happy.

[Announcer] In first

place, and World Cup winner,

from Canada, Mark McMorris.

Winning a contest again

and doing that trick again

was definitely the

hump in my rehab.

I was off to the races on

getting qualified for the team,

so I was super happy to

get a jump-start on it.

They take your

best three results,

so throughout the

2016/2017 season,

all of the athletes on

the team are jockeying

for the best results

at each of the events.

[Announcer] Your winner,

Marc 'McMo' McMorris.

This kid is insane, man.

When he lands a run, it's

not just for himself.

It's for all the people

that are surrounded by him.

What a great guy.

It's like thank you, Mark,

for landing that run.

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