VANCOUVER — Mark McMorris gave his fans an update a week after a life-threatening crash in the backwoods of British Columbia.
McMorris posted a pair of photos to Instagram that served as a before-and-after of how he looked after the crash. One photo showed McMorris in a hospital bed, covered in medical apparatus including a breathing tube. The second photo showed him giving a thumbs up with his brother Craig while sitting together on a couch. A bandage can be seen on the right side of Mark's body.
Craig also posted the second photo to his own Instagram account on Saturday.
"Apparently a lot can change in a week," said Mark McMorris in his caption. "So so thankful to have my life! It was touch and go there for a second and I don't know how I can thank everyone enough for praying and sending healing vibes.
"I hit a tree in the whistler backcountry a week ago and to be honest I was pretty sure I was going to die."
McMorris then thanked his brother Craig and friends for "staying calm, building me a nest, and calling search and rescue."
He added: "I will never take another day on this earth for granted."
A bronze medallist in slopestyle at the 2014 Olympics, McMorris suffered breaks to his jaw and left arm, a ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung.
The 23-year-old from Regina had to be airlifted off the mountain and underwent two separate surgeries last weekend to control bleeding and repair his jaw and arm.