December 15, 2013, BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado (ISN) – Mark McMorris of Regina won the gold medal Sunday to successfully defend his title in the men’s snowboard slopestyle event to cap this week’s Dew Tour Mountain Championships.
If Sunday’s results are any indication, Canada should be a force to reckon with in the event when it makes its Olympic debut in Sochi. Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que., took the bronze and Sébastien Toutant of Montreal was fourth.
McMorris topped the 17-man field with 97.80 points earned on his second of two runs. Sven Thorgren of Sweden was second at 91.00 followed by Parrot at 89.00 and Toutant at 87.60.
After a fall in qualifying, McMorris collected 95 points in his first run in the final which featured his signature straight double backflip, and a backside 1080 double cork.
“I was going at the last jump not sure what I wanted to do exactly, a double [cork] or a triple [cork], but if I’m not at the head of the pack going into my second run I’m definitely going to have to go for it,” said McMorris.
Despit a comfortable lead after the first run, McMorris was going to leave nothing to chance. He increased his final hit on the course from a 1080 double cork to an amazing 1440 triple cork. Following his score being posted, the onsite announcers had already conceded the win to the Canadian.
“I had nothing to lose,” said McMorris, who started riding at age six. “I told myself everything was going perfect and I had to do a triple.”
For Parrot, 19, it was his first career medal on the circuit.
”This is my third year on the Dew Tour and it’s great to finally get on the podium,” said Parrot. ”I think I’m feeling more and more comfortable with my manoeuvres and executing them at high speed.”
Toutant, 21, was hoping to gain that third spot.
”It was O.K., but you always want to be on the podium,” he said. ”It was our first competition this season and it was a great opportunity to see where everyone is at. I’m looking forward to now preparing for the World Cups and hopefully the Olympics in the New Year.”
In slopestyle, the riders impress a judging panel by negotiating a course with rails and executing spectacular jumps off ramps.
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