Second gold for Mark McMorris at X Games

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(ISN) – ASPEN, Colorado – 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.

The Regina rider took the crown with a score of 96.00, earned on his second of three runs where he displayed technical rail tricks and flawless jumps. Stale Sandbech of Norway was second at 95.00 and Sven Thorgren of Sweden third at 92.00. Sebastien Toutant of Montreal followed in fourth at 87.33.

”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’d never get that feeling again, to get it back is a dream come true.”

McMorris also won the Big Air final on Friday night, just ahead of compatriot Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que. McMorris now has 10 career X Games medals including five gold.

”I was pretty nervous going into my second run and whether I could take down Stale. Everybody just rode so well.”

In the women’s snowboard slopestyle, Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, B.C., challenged for a medal but was fourth at 87.33. She was passed by Christy Prior of New Zealand who scored 89.33 on her final attempt. Silje Norendal of Norway and Jamie Anderson of the U.S. were 1-2.

Canadian riders end the X Games with three gold, two silver and a bronze. In addition to McMorris’ two wins, Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., took the men’s snowboard cross .The silver medallists were Parrot and Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-St-François, Que., in the women’s snowboard cross while Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont., took the bronze in the men’s adaptive snowboard.

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