Mark McMorris Breaks Shaun White's Winter X Games Career Medal Record

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2020

Second-place finisher Mark McMorris, of Canada, celebrates on the podium following the men's slopestyle snowboard world championship Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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The extreme sports athlete of the generation has been knocked down a peg in the history books.

Snowboarder Mark McMorris earned his 19th career Winter X Games medal Saturday, topping Shaun White's longtime record.

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.@markmcmorris makes #XGames history earning his 19th career medal passing Shaun White's longstanding record for most winter medals at X Games. https://t.co/EQxBIMnda2

McMorris, 26, won gold in the men's snowboard big air competition Saturday at the Games in Norway, finishing ahead of Max Parrot and Darcy Sharpe. The Canadian captured a silver medal in the big air event in Aspen in January.

That he's still competing at all is a marvel. McMorris suffered significant injuries after crashing into a tree while snowboarding with his brother and friends near Whistler, British Columbia, in 2017, resulting in fractures to his jaw, pelvis, ribs and left arm as well as a ruptured spleen and collapsed left lung. The recovery required two surgeries.

Less than a year later, McMorris won his second Winter Olympics bronze medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in the men's slopestyle event.

At the X Games, he's totaled nine gold medals, seven silvers and three bronzes—finishing on the podium every year since 2011.

White still holds the career X Games medal record with 23 podium finishes across the Summer and Winter Games.

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