Mark McMorris, the affable and much decorated snowboarder from Canada, announced Tuesday he would miss X Games Aspen 2021 after testing positive for COVID-19. He made the announcement on Twitter, and ESPN confirmed the news later in the day.
“Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to sit out of this year’s @XGames,” McMorris tweeted. “Heartbroken beyond belief but feeling healthy which is most important. Sending good vibes to everyone out in Aspen!”
McMorris competes in slopestyle and big air. Practice in the Buttermilk SuperPipe for skiers and riders started Tuesday.
X Games athletes are required to test negative within 72 hours of travel to Pitkin County and are tested daily for COVID-19 at the Buttermilk site.
McMorris’ positive test came Friday after his return from the Laax Open FIS in Switzerland and was…