"I just want to keep having success in competition and get back into the backcountry and face that fear again and enjoy that with my buddies. Just enjoy the ride, really."
Given that 11 months ago Mark McMorris was in a hospital after a horrible snowboarding crash -- in a medically induced coma, coping with a collapsed lung, 17 broken bones and a ruptured spleen -- you would expect his first emotions after winning Olympic bronze Sunday in men's slopestyle would have been utter joy.
But instead, the competitor in him overtook pangs of nostalgia.
"I was immediately thinking about things I'd have changed or wished the judges had changed. ... But then I needed to pinch myself, and with what my last year's been like, people would die for a medal at the Olympics. ... I mean, I nearly did die, so I'm pretty stoked."