Text & Photos; NED CREMIN
Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris defended his slopestyle crown Saturday, spinning back-to-back triple cork 1440s to win his fourth slopestyle Aspen X Games gold.
Speed checking as he raced into the course’s massive kickers, McMorris stomped a clean frontside triple 1440 into a backside triple 1440 on his second-of-three runs, climbing from last place to first with a score of 92.66. McMorris claimed silver in Friday night’s big air competition. Saturday’s gold marked his eighth X Games medal since his X debut in 2011.
Sebastien Toutant gave McMorris a run to the end again showing up and going big.
Matt Ladley Wins Superpipe Gold
Amidst a blizzard of snow coming down just as pipe finals started, local Coloradoan Matt Ladley went big out of the gate on his first run which proved to be the score to beat. The snow accumulation was piling up quick forcing the pipe finals to be delayed after just one run. Heavy snow falling during Run 2 forced the competition to an early end, with the podium decided based on Run 1 scores.
The weather put Ben Ferguson, Ladley and Scotty James among an unlikely trio of medalists. Matt Ladley’s score of 82.33 was enough to hold on for gold, while Ferguson took silver with a 79.00 and Scotty James claimed bronze with a 76.00.