Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris will miss the X-Games in Aspen after testing positive for COVID-19.
McMorris’ agent confirmed the news on Monday. The Regina Olympic medalist will not attend the annual event which kicks off Monday at Buttermilk Mountain.
McMorris is the most decorated athlete in Winter X-Games history, having won 20 medals, including nine gold.
The ESPN network reported on its website that McMorris tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, after returning to his home in California from Laax, Switzerland. A second test the same day was also positive.
McMorris, 27, and the Canadian slopestyle snowboard team were due to compete in the World Cup season opener last week in Laax before two members of the delegation were tested positive for COVID-19 on January 19.
The International Ski Federation announced that the positive tests occurred during the slopestyle and halfpipe competitions, forcing the riders to leave the competition and self-isolate. McMorris was reportedly tested negative while in Switzerland.
McMorris told X-Games organizers on Monday that he was withdrawing from the event, according to his agent Russell Reimer. He is currently in self-isolation at his home and he is not experiencing any symptoms.
The 2021 Aspen X-Games will be held without spectators present, in an effort to make the event safe and respect physical distancing.
“I will definitely miss not making it to my favorite event,” McMorris told ESPN in a statement. I send positive vibes to all the athletes and organizers, who have worked so hard to create a safe environment for everyone to participate in the competition despite the difficult circumstances. ”