Mark McMorris Injury: Updates on Snowboarder's Broken Ribs and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

Jan 26, 2013; Aspen, CO, USA;  Mark McMorris (CAN) wins the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle during the X Games. Mandatory Credit: Paul Bussi-USA TODAY Sports
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Although Mark McMorris earned a silver medal in the snowboard slopestyle final on Saturday, Jan. 25, it came at a big cost: He fractured a rib on his right side, per ESPN's Colin Bane.

After the event, McMorris said:

Thank you to everyone for your concern. After thorough discussions with my team of doctors and a number of medical specialists, and my physical therapist and coaches, I will continue as planned with traveling to Europe tomorrow and recovering for the Olympics. While I'm sore, I'm continuing on my road to Sochi.

The silver medalist took to Twitter to thank fans for their support and reiterate his desire to make it to Sochi:

ESPN's Alyssa Roenigk was among many to share her disappointment when hearing of McMorris' injury:

According to Bane, McMorris was released from the hospital on Saturday night after tests revealed no further internal injuries, and that bodes well for his attempt to make it to the 2014 Olympics.

Qualification for men's slopestyle in Sochi begins on Feb. 6, so that leaves some time for McMorris to recover and get back to the slopes.

With that kind of window and nothing between now and the Olympics, hopefully he'll be fit just in time to perform.