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Mark McMorris soars into Winter X Games lore with record-tying medal

Canada's Mark McMorris soared into snowboarding lore on Saturday, earning his 18th Winter X Games medal to equal Shaun White's individual mark in Aspen, Colo.

Regina native equals Shaun White’s 18-medal mark with big air silver

Canada's Mark McMorris, seen in this file photo from the 2018 Winter Olympics, won a record-tying 18th medal at the Winter X Games on Saturday in Aspen, Colo. This tied the Regina native with American Shaun White for most by an individual winter athlete. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Canada's Mark McMorris soared into snowboarding lore on Saturday, earning his 18th individual Winter X Games medal to equal Shaun White's mark in Aspen, Colo.

McMorris matched the record with a silver in snowboard big air; fellow Canadian Max Parrot took gold in the event.

WATCH | Mark McMorris ties record with silver in big air:

Mark McMorris picked up a big air silver medal at the X Games in Aspen to tie Shaun White's all-time record with 18. 0:50

Entering the competition, McMorris, 26, had a chance to surpass White's haul, but the two-time Olympic medallist finished seventh in the slopestyle event held earlier in the day.

WATCH | Max Parrot soars to gold:

After being unable to defend his big air title in 2019 due to his cancer diagnosis, Max Parrot returned with a bang as he captured the gold medal at the 2020 X Games in Aspen, Colorado. 0:58

The Regina native, however, wasn't the only Canuck to enjoy a milestone.

In slopestyle, Darcy Sharpe topped Norway's Mons Røisland and Olympic gold medallist Red Gerard of the U.S. to win his first-ever X Games gold. The native of Comox, B.C., won silver in the same event in 2018.

WATCH | Darcy Sharpe's gold medal finish:

The Canadian snowboarded bested the slopestyle field in Aspen, Colorado on Saturday. 1:12

Canada's first medal of the day came courtesy of Stoneham, Que., native Laurie Blouin. The Olympic silver medallist came second in the women's snowboard slopestyle competition.

Last year, Blouin won gold in big air.

WATCH | Blouin wins slopestyle silver:

Canadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin finished second in Aspen, Colorado on Saturday. 1:16

Jamie Anderson of the U.S. earned gold, while 15-year-old Kokomo Murase of Japan took bronze.

Anderson, along with American snowmobiler Joe Parsons, were also hoping to join McMorris on the all-time wins list, but both remain one back with 17 medals apiece.

Canada also took to the podium in the men's ski slopestyle competition thanks to Evan McEachran's silver. The Oakville, Ont., native finished behind American Colby Stevenson to claim his first-ever X Games medal. Switzerland's Fabian Bosch came third.

McEachran nearly made the the podium last year after finishing fourth in the ski big air competition.

WATCH | McEachran claims first-ever X Games medal:

Canadian Evan McEachran won his first-career medal at the X Games in Aspen on Saturday. 1:06

Two more medals came courtesy of Erin, Ont., native Rachael Karker and Cassie Sharpe of Comox, B.C.

WATCH | Karker takes superpipe silver:

Erin, Ont., native Rachael Karker soared to a ski halfpipe silver medal at the winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. 0:46

The pair won silver and bronze respectively, finishing behind Estonia's Kelly Sildaru in the women's ski superpipe.

WATCH | Sharpe secures bronze in superpipe:

Cassie Sharpe captured a bronze medal in the women's ski halfpipe event at the X Games stop in Aspen. 1:05


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