Mark McMorris wins Men’s Slopestyle at X Games 17 in Aspen
Aspen, Colo., January 26, 2013 – Mark McMorris, 19, of Regina, Canada, solidified his second-consecutive X Games Aspen gold Saturday afternoon. McMorris is fresh off a silver at Friday night’s Big Air event. Although McMorris admitted he was a bit tired from last night’s triple cork session, his performance this afternoon showed no signs of it. McMorris’ winning run included a cab 1260 double cork to a front 1080 double cork to a double wildcat backside and ended with the progressive triple cork 1440. The run earned him the highest score in snowboarding slopestyle to date, a 98.00
“I came here to do the run I wanted to and was able to pull it off, so I’m really stoked, “ he said.
Behind him was young gun Max Parrot, 18, of Bromont, Canada, who’s rail tricks and cab double 900 on first jump to front 1080 double on the second jump to double walk out on third jump to a back triple 1440 – which he learned only weeks ago — earned him the silver.
“Uprail to downrail was cool set up, it gave us a lot of options,” he said, “The jumps are perfect.
Bronze medalist, Seppe Smits, 21, of Westmalle,Belguim, also landed a triple cork on the course’s last jump.
Fan favorite Shaun White, 26, of Carlsbad, Calif., was unable to land his stock tricks, saying that he was having difficulty spotting his landings.
1. Mark McMorris – 98.00
2. Max Parrot – 90.00
3. Seppe Smits – 85.00
4. Chas Guldemond – 80.00
5. Shaun White – 71.00
6. Peetu Piiroinen – 66.00
7. Aleksander Oestreng – 55.00
8. Gjermund Braaten – 18.00