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Mark McMorris awarded slopestyle world silver medal with qualifying score

Canadian snowboard star Mark McMorris won the silver medal in slopestyle at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships without competing in Sunday's final at Park City, Utah.

Sunday's final cancelled due to high winds in Utah; American Chris Corning wins gold

Silver medallist Mark McMorris of Regina stands on the podium following the cancellation of the men's slopestyle final due to high winds at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships in Park City, Utah, on Sunday. Medals were handed out based on the athletes' qualifying scores. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Canadian snowboard star Mark McMorris won the silver medal in slopestyle at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships without competing in Sunday's final.

Organizers of the event said on Twitter that the slopestyle final was cancelled "due to unsafe wind conditions." Medals were handed out based on competitors' qualifying scores instead.

McMorris earned the silver with his second-place qualifying run from Saturday.

WATCH | McMorris earns slopestyle silver

Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris placed 2nd in qualifying, receives silver medal after cancellation of the final due to high winds. 0:47
"When taking the decision to cancel, it's not only safety that is taken into account, it's fairness," read the statement on the freestyle world championship's Twitter page. "The winds are gusting across the course, and forecast not to diminish this afternoon, which means each athlete might face different conditions on their runs."

Chris Corning of the United States took gold with a 93.25-point qualifying score, 0.25 better than McMorris' run. American Judd Henkins earned bronze with 90.50.

WATCH | Corning wins gold on home snow

American snowboarder Chris Corning finishes 1st in qualifying, crowned champion after the cancellation of the final due to high winds. 0:50

The medal is McMorris' second at a world championship. He also took silver in 2013.

McMorris has two Olympic bronze medals in slopestyle and is a 11-time X Games medallist in that discipline. He also has seven X Games medals in big air.

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