Cana­dian ath­letes worth watch­ing

Kingston Whig-Standard - - OPINION -

Hear the name Mark McMor­ris and the first im­age that comes to mind is a spin­ning, leap­ing body in mo­tion, de­fy­ing grav­ity and the lim­its cre­ated by the snow­board strapped to his feet.

The sec­ond im­age is prob­a­bly the re­laxed grin that stretches across his face and has won the hearts of peo­ple in his home prov­ince and across Canada.

The ease of that smile, how­ever, be­lies how hard-earned the plea­sure of com­pet­ing for his coun­try has been.

Less than a year has passed since McMor­ris hit a tree on the slopes of Whistler, break­ing a mind-bog­gling 17 bones and putting his life in jeop­ardy.

As he told the Na­tional Post’s Scott Stin­son at the Olympic Win­ter Games in Pyeongchang, he won­dered if he should be aim­ing at get­ting back into com­pe­ti­tion.

“But I don’t have any­thing else that brings this kind of joy to my life. Ob­vi­ously, it’s re­ally stress­ful, and it can be tough at times, but I’m happy that I pushed through ev­ery­thing and I’m back here,” he said.

Life can be stress­ful and tough, as McMor­ris says, but we all need to show his tenac­ity and grit when it comes to the chal­lenges we face in life.

This young man, who rose from the prairie dirt around Mile­stone, Sask., to shine on moun­tain tops around the world, is a ter­rific

Life can be stress­ful and tough, as McMor­ris says, but we all need to show his tenac­ity and grit when it comes to the chal­lenges we face in life.”

role model. With the bronze he earned on Satur­day, his amaz­ing come­back had a tri­umphant fin­ish.

Not even half­way through the Olympics, Cana­di­ans ath­letes have al­ready given many mo­ments of pride and plea­sure.

The gold-medal win in team fig­ure skat­ing fea­tured the Moulin Rouge ice dance rou­tine by Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, one that will go down as one of the great num­bers in the sport’s his­tory. They too have a come­back story high­lighted by de­ter­mi­na­tion.

At press time for this ed­i­to­rial, Canada had three gold, four sil­ver and three bronze medal.

(The fact we cur­rently sit ahead of the United States in the stand­ings for to­tal medals might be adding to our joy, if we are com­pletely hon­est.)

For those of you who have been too busy to stop and watch, make some time to do so.

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