Mark McMorris wins Winter X Games silver in men’s big air snowboarding

Mark McMorris (Adam Burwell, Wikimedia Commons)

Two-time Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan won the silver medal in men’s big air snowboarding at the 2019 Winter X Games in Aspen. Colorado on Friday. It was McMorris’s 16th X Games medal in his remarkable snowboarding career.

McMorris posted a score of 85 points. His best score from the left ramp was 42 points and his best score from the right ramp was 43 points. Takeru Otsuka of Japan won the gold medal with a score of 88 points. Sven Thorgren of Sweden won the bronze medal with a score of 76 points.

McMorris earned a podium spot by 15 points over Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sebastien Toutant of L’Assomption, Quebec, who finished in fourth place with a score of 73 points. McMorris won the Olympic bronze medal in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi¬†and again at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.¬†Toutant’s Olympic gold medal came in men’s big air snowboarding at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

This was McMorris’s seventh big air snowboarding medal in the history of the Winter X Games. He previously won gold in Aspen in 2012, silver in Aspen in 2013, gold in Aspen in 2015, silver in Aspen in 2016, bronze in Aspen in 2017 and gold in Oslo, Norway in 2017. McMorris will be a strong medal contender for Canada in men’s big air snowboarding at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

 

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