The next time someone tries to convince you that Olympians are regular people and not high-performing sports humanoids, yell at them loudly and point them to Philippe Marquis.
The 28-year-old Canadian moguls skier may have not scored gold at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang like his teammate Mikael Kingsbury, but the Quebec City athlete managed to compete and qualify for the event just a month after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Unfortunately, I have torned my right ACL in the bumps on monday at the Deer Valley World Cup. It is devasting news and it comes at a very unfortunate time with the Olympics weeks away. I'm a fighter and therefore have decided to fight until the end with my @freestylecanadaski family. I have already started rehabing and will put my heart and soul into this process to represent my country in Korea! Thanks for all your support! 🇨🇦🙏🏼🇰🇷 #BackRoadToTheOlympicGames #WrongWayToTheOlympicGames
Coming off his first jump in the opening round of the finals on Monday, Marquis appeared to re-injure his right knee and wipe out.
Fans on Twitter quickly pointed out how much determination Marquis displayed by just being there with such an injury.
I'm recovering from an ACL reconstruction--it's a devastating injury. But to ski Olympic MOGULS without an ACL, only 3 weeks post injury? 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Amazing feat, @MarquisPhil! #GoCanadaGohttps://t.co/980QhwktEb— Karma Brown (@KarmaKBrown) February 12, 2018
CBC Reporter Jamie Strashin captured a nice moment with Marquis and his mother after his run:
Yes @MikaelKingsbury captured the in men's moguls in brilliant fashion. But the courage of @MarquisPhil skiing on a torn ACL was admirable. Enough to make his mother cry. Beautiful moment.@CBCOlympicspic.twitter.com/38qla4rdOL— Jamie Strashin (@StrashinCBC) February 12, 2018
Last week, Marquis spoke to The Canadian Press about his injury, which he sustained while training for the Deer Valley World Cup in Utah.
"Whatever the outcome here at the Olympics, just today to make it from top to bottom, that's basically a miracle," Marquis said.
To help get him in the right mindset — you know, the one that helps you furiously ski down a bumpy hill with a torn ACL — Marquis wrote motivational messages on his equipment.
"Keep fighting," was written on his left glove strap, "What ACL?" on the right. On the top of his gloves are the words "Engage" and "Fire."
"I needed the distraction and that was the best thing," Marquis said.
The skier told CP that he postponed getting surgery until after the Games wrapped up, and thanked his team doctors, friends and family for helping make it there.
"I couldn't miss the big show," he said. "It was clear in my head I was going to try and do whatever I could."
With files from The Canadian Press
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