Snowboard big air, snowmobile long jump dazzle at Winter X Games
The Aspen Times
Mark McMorris goes big in Big Air
The snowboarders went big and the snowmobilers went long in the late-night events of the Winter X Games on Friday.
Twenty-one-year-old Canadian Mark McMorris uncorked the biggest of the big airs, winning Winter X gold before a huge crowd at Buttermilk.
McMorris previously won a pair of golds in slopestyle at Winter X in Aspen.
Max Parrot, the defending champion, also from Canada, finished with a silver medal this year.
Yuki Kadono, of Japan, who won silver in Aspen last year, finished with the bronze this year in Snowboard Big Air.
Other finalists in the Snowboard Big Air included Sven Thorgren (fourth), Stale Sandbech (fifth) and Torstein Horgmo (sixth).
Later Friday night, eight high-flying snowboarders hit the big, big jump in the Snowboard Big Air event late Friday night at Buttermilk, long after Snoop Dogg had left the music stage for a series of private parties in Aspen.
Heath Frisby flies into Snowmobile Long Jump gold
Colten Moore, of Krum, Texas, won the bronze medal in Snowmobile Long Jump. He cleared 157 feet, 4 inches to win his second medal this year. He won the Snowmobile Speed and Style on Thursday.
Heath Frisby, of Muddleton, Idaho, won the long jump in a final showdown with Cory Davis, of Alaska. Frisby, in winning his 10th X Games medal, jumped 164 feet, 11 inches. Davis won silver.
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