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Mark McMorris posts dramatic photo series after life-threatening crash

Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris lies in a Vancouver hospital in a photo from his Instagram feed.

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Star snowboarder Mark McMorris provided a dramatic illustration Sunday of how far he has come just one week after a life-threatening crash in the B.C. backcountry.

The Olympic bronze medallist from Regina posted a pair of photos to Instagram, one showing him hours after the March 25 crash and the second of him sitting on a couch with his brother a week later.

In the first photo, McMorris appears unconscious in a hospital bed, covered in medical apparatus, including a breathing tube.

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The second photo, taken on Saturday, shows him shirtless giving a thumbs up alongside his older brother Craig, also an elite snowboarder who was with McMorris when he suffered numerous injuries after crashing off a jump into some trees. Aside from a bandage on his left side, the photo shows little visible evidence of the battering his body experienced.

"Apparently a lot can change in a week," Mark McMorris said 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, the 23-year-old McMorris suffered breaks to his jaw and left arm, a ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung.

He had to be airlifted off the mountain and underwent two separate surgeries to control bleeding and repair his jaw and arm.

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He has said he hopes to be recovered in time for next year's Olympics in South Korea.

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