Two-time Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan continued his dominance at the Winter X Games on Saturday. McMorris won the gold medal in men’s slopestyle snowboarding with a score of 96 points. It was the fifth time in McMorris’s career he won the gold medal in men’s slopestyle snowboarding at the Winter X Games as he previously won in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
McMorris saved his best performance for the third run. He put down his winning score in the final run of the competition, to beat Rene Rinnekangas of Finland by two points. Rinnekangas also had his top score (94 points) in round three. Mons Roisland of Norway won the bronze medal with a score of 91.33 points.
McMorris earned a Winter X Games medal by 5.34 points. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sebastien Toutant of L’Assomption, Quebec finished in fourth place in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding with a score of 90.66 points.
McMorris has won both of his Olympic bronze medals in men’s slopestyle snowboarding. His first came at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the second came 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. The gold medal for McMorris will give him confidence as he prepares for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.