Canadians throw down 1-2 punch at X Games Big Air


(ISN) – ASPEN, Colorado – Mark McMorris and Maxence Parrot capped a fabulous day for Canada at the X Games on Friday night as they won gold and silver in the Big Air final.

Earlier Friday, Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., won the gold in the men’s snowboard cross, Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-St-François, Que., took silver in the women’s snowboard cross and Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont., a bronze in the adaptive snowboard X.

McMorris, the Olympic slopestyle bronze medallist from Regina, scored 88.00 combined points. He notched 47 points on his top run and 41 on his second, best for the combined score. Montreal’s Parrot took silver with 82 points and Yuki Kadono of Japan placed third with 66.

Under the lights, McMorris landed a a variety of huge triple corks, including his backside triple 1620 for his ninth career X Games medal and fourth gold.

“After focusing on slopestyle last year for the Olympics it’s an amazing feeling to be back on top in the Big Air competition,” said McMorris, 21, also the Big Air champion in 2012. “In this event, you don’t have any time to get scared you just have to go. It just worked out and I was rewarded with the score.”

Parrot, the defending champion pulled out all the stops, and also put down a backside triple cork 1620, as well as the Cab 1440 triple cork to lock in the silver medal.

“I’m really happy I ended up on the podium this evening at Big Air” said Parrot, 20, now with four career X Games medals. “It was a rough morning at slopestyle since I didn’t qualify, and it was a big deal for me to come back tonight, refocus and get a silver medal.”

Canadians are grabbing the spotlight at the X Games this year and McMorris said patriotism is a motivating factor at the Games.

”We are really inspiring each other,” he said.

In the Big Air event, individual riders approach a single jump, perform tricks in the air, and land on a slope of around 30 degrees. Judges award points based on overall impression which will include style, amplitude, variety, degree of risk and landing.

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