Following in the footsteps of Jenny Jones who won snowboard slopestyle bronze in Sochi, Morgan held his nerve on the final two jumps of the inaugural men’s big air to take home his very own bronze medal.
Morgan went big on his first trick but couldn’t stick the landing, thankfully he made his next two tricks count, scoring 82.50 followed by 85.50 on his final run, the fourth-highest scoring jump in the competition and the highest score in the last round.
Having suffered a knee injury in December which threatened to derail his Games campaign, Morgan said Olympic bronze provides a reward for a long career which has included world-first tricks but few trips to the podium.
“For that last trick I pushed all the fear to one side, I was like ‘even if I completely wreck myself it doesn't matter, I'm just going to go and do it’.
“It’s great it means so much for the whole team, they’re all stoked. I think there were a few tears, actually. I don’t think I’ve seen any of them cry before. It’s weird isn’t it?
“I didn't think I could win a medal, it’s just blown my mind.”
Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay said Morgan remained cool when it mattered most and delivered a medal which would mean a lot to a lot of people.
“He put himself under a bit of pressure, but he executed when it mattered and I’m just delighted for him and his team,” said Hay. “This is an awesome event and I just hope he’s inspired people watching at home.”
Morgan’s medal takes Team GB’s PyeongChang tally to five, making it officially Britain’s most-successful Olympic Winter Games ever, it also helped secure his place as the Closing Ceremony flagbearer.
“...it’s an honour to be the flagbearer and I hope everyone is stoked because it’s been a great experience out here.”