Mark McMorris takes slopestyle gold at X Games
Wins 2nd gold at Winter X Games
Canadian Olympic bronze medallist Mark McMorris won the gold medal in the men's slopestyle snowboard event Sunday at the Winter X Games.
The Regina native was fourth after the first run, but landed a second run of 96 points to claim his second gold of the 2015 X Games. He also won the big air snowboard title earlier in the week, finishing just ahead of Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que.
McMorris now has 10 career X Games medals including five gold.
"What I did on the top section made the difference," said McMorris, 21, who also won two gold at the 2012 X Games. "The variations I did on the first three rails with the 270's. I'm extremely happy. This is so cool.
"I thought after 2012 I never get that feeling again, to get it back is a dream come true."
Stale Sandbech finished second with a first-run score of 95, while Sweden's Sven Thorgren was third with 92.
Montreal's Sebastien Toutant was fourth with 87.33.
"I'm just glad I'm riding with this curb because everyone is riding so well," said McMorris. "I was pretty nervous going into my second run and whether it could take down Stale. Everybody just rode so cool."
In women's slopestyle, Norway's Silje Norendal was first with 93.66 points. Jamie Anderson of the United States was second with 91.33 and Christy Prior of New Zealand third with 89.33.
Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, B.C., was fourth with 87.33.
Canadian Olympic bronze medallist Mark McMorris collected his second gold medal this week at the X Games on Sunday winning the men's snowboard slopestyle competition.