by Louis Daignault
March 7, 2014, VAIL, Colorado (ISN) – Olympic bronze medallist Mark McMorris of Regina continued a superb season on Friday winning the gold medal in the men’s slopestyle at the Burton U.S. Open.
McMorris, Canada’s first medallist at the 2014 Sochi Games last month, took the gold earning his best score on his second of three runs at 87.50. Olympic silver medallist Stale Sandbech of Norway was second at 87.20 and Maxence Parrot, from Bromont, Que., was third at 84.30. Sébastien Toutant of Montreal was fourth at 83.35.
Heavy snow conditions didn’t bother McMorris.
“I’ve always been one to have success in bad weather,” said McMorris, who executed a cab 1260, double-cork 1080 and a triple-cork. “I was going to do that run if it was the best weather in the world. To do that in really tough conditions meant more to me.”
Parrot saved his best for last falling on his first two runs.
“I really wanted to end the season on the podium,” said Parrot, this year’s X Games champion. “I was a little nervous.”
Darcy Sharpe of Comox, B.C., was sixth and Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., seventh.
In women’s slopestyle, Olympic champion Jamie Anderson of the U.S., was the winner with 87.55. Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, B.C., the defending champion, displayed some impressive 720’s and a switch 540 to place second at 80.00. Isabel Derungs of Switzerland was third at 71.90.
Along with the X Games and Dew Tour, the U.S. Open is one of the major events on the snowboard season. It is also the oldest dating back to 1982.