Olympic bronze medallist in slopestyle, McMorris, 21, won his ninth career X Games medal and fourth gold with a ‘best two’ run of 88.00. He previously won the Big Air event in 2012. McMorris’ Olympic event, slopestyle, takes place on Sunday.
His compatriot Parrot, the Big Air winner from 2014, won silver with a 82.00 score in the final. Parrot had the best scores in his heat. McMorris, meanwhile, held on to the final qualification spot in his heat for a place in the final, where he seemingly saved the best for last and clearly had the announcers confounded:
Canada shines in SBX
Kevin Hill was the winner of Men’s Snowboard X.
Earlier on Friday, Kevin Hill followed up his world championship silver medal last week with X Games gold on Friday.
The in-form snowboarder, who made his Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, was peerless through heats and semifinals of the men’s snowboard X event before winning the final in Aspen, Colorado ahead of Omar Visintin and Nate Holland.
A week earlier in Kreischberg, Austria at the FIS World Championships, Hill grabbed the silver medal in snowboard cross behind Luca Matteotti of Italy.
Dominique Maltais grabs air en route to a silver medal at Sochi 2014. (Photo: Canadian Press)
Canada Snowboard got on the board Friday just before Hill’s championship run through double Olympic medallist Dominique Maltais. In the women’s snowboard X competition Maltais finished second to American Lindsey Jacobellis, the world champion, but the Canadian did edge Nelly Moenne Loccoz who had to settle for bronze.
More success could be on its way Friday, with the snowboard Big Air final, featuring Olympic bronze medallist Mark McMorris among the Canadian contingent.