Mark McMorris wins gold at X Games
The snowboarder from Regina takes highest score in Slopestyle history
Regina's Mark McMorris has won the gold again in the Slopestyle finals at the X Games in Aspen, Colo., posting the highest score in the event's history.
The 19-year-old snowboarder had already claimed the gold medal when he went into his final run on Saturday. But McMorris raised the bar by adding a cab double cork 1260, which bumped his score from 94.66 to 98.00.
The win qualifies McMorris to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Quebec's Max Parrot, an 18-year-old X Games rookie, took silver in Slopestyle.
Silver in Big Air competition
The gold win for McMorris comes after he stunned commentators Friday night by landing a trick that has never been done before in the Big Air competition.
But his friend, Norway's Torstein Horgmo also landed a trick that had never been completed in competition before, scoring a perfect 50 and putting McMorris into second place — McMorris said he's fine with silver.
"I can't really express the way I'm feeling, I'm so happy right now," said McMorris after the event. "Everybody just absolutely killed it. I'm just speechless, that's the most insane thing I've seen in snowboarding."