Drama Over Canada Olympic Medals — A Quebec Snowboarder Got An Apology After An On-Air Diss

Team Canada's Mark McMorris says he let his emotions get the better of him.

Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Drama Over Canada Olympic Medals — A Quebec Snowboarder Got An Apology After An On-Air Diss

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are well underway, and it seems as if Team Canada has sparked up some drama. After Mark McMorris made a dig toward teammate Max Parrot following the men's slopestyle finals, McMorris has issued an apology.

On February 7, Parrot became Team Canada's first Olympic athlete to win a gold medal at this year's Olympics during the men's snowboard slopestyle event, where fellow Canadian McMorris placed third. However, McMorris expressed later that perhaps he should have been the one representing Canada atop the podium.

In an interview with CBC Sports, McMorris took a dig at Parrot, saying, "Obviously would have been nice to have a different shade of medal. But knowing that I kind of had the run of the day and one of the best rounds of my life and the whole industry knows what happened — pretty, pretty crazy."

His remark came about after Parrot had grabbed his knees instead of his snowboard during one of his jumps, a mistake the judges apparently missed. The Bromont native was not penalized for the mishap, securing him the gold medal.

After stating that he had the "run of the day," McMorris is now backtracking and issued an apology to Parrot.

In a tweet posted by McMorris on February 12, the Olympic athlete wrote, "I let my emotions get the better of me in the days following slopestyle and I want to sincerely apologize to Max. I'm amazed by what you've overcome and I'm extremely proud to have shared the podium with you. Let's get another one for @teamcanada."

As of the time of publication, Canada has won a total of 14 medals at the 2022 Beijing Olympics — nine bronze, four silver and one gold.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Mike Chaar
Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Mike Chaar is an Assistant Editor for MTL Blog focused on recalls in Canada and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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