McMorris strikes slopestyle gold after big air silver in Aspen
Mark McMorris was working overtime at the Winter X Games.
Roughly 17 hours after winning silver in the snowboard big air competition Friday night, the Canadian struck gold in snowboard slopestyle Saturday.
McMorris said he adapted to the conditions after a poor first run and came up with what would be a winning score of 92.66 on his second run.
“The conditions were really tricky,” McMorris said. “Even when the conditions are at their worst, it’s three guys with nutso runs” that end up on the podium.
Joining him were Sebastien Toutant of Canada with silver and Mons Roisland, an X Games rookie from Norway, with bronze.
Temperatures were warm before an anticipated storm, the light was flat and the course was fast. McMorris said he had to check his speed going into the second big jump after nailing the first jump on his winning run. Toutant set the standard on the first run with a score of 90. McMorris said that pushed him to perform. His gold was secured by the third run, so it became a victory lap.
Roisland fell on his first run, scored poorly on his second and came out of nowhere on the third to secure bronze. He had a score of 86.33.
Eric Willett of the U.S. was in third going into the last of the three runs but was bumped off the podium.
Several contenders spilled on the final run, including Max Parrot of Canada, who took gold in the big air competition.
McMorris defended his gold medal from last year’s X Games slopestyle competition.
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