ASPEN — With the his second consecutive gold medal already won, Canadian Mark McMorris pinned the accelerator with a massive triple-cork 1260 on the final hit of the X Games slopestyle course Saturday, earning 98 points, the highest score ever recorded in the contest.
"I came here to do the cab 12," said the 19-year-old who Friday night won big air silver with the tremendous trick. "That was a long-term goal coming back here. I think I would have been fine with the other run, but it was a big goal of mine and it was nice to reach it."
Shaun White, staging a comeback in slopestyle after sitting out two seasons to focus on superpipe, bobbled in his final two runs, knocking him out of contention and finishing fifth. Under gray, flat skies, the superstar blew a routine 1080 on his second run and caught an edge on a basic 270 on the top rail.
"He's got all the tricks. He's just getting back into it," said McMorris, who was recently profiled in Rolling Stone magazine as "the next Shaun White."
Fellow Canadian teenager Maxence Parrot threw a clean triple cork on the final hit of his first run, earning silver. Belgian snowboarder Seppe Smits, who learned the triple cork the previous night in the big air contest, took bronze with a clean, spinning triple on his first run.
"It's going to be exciting to see how snowboarding evolves later on," said Smits, whose triple earned him fourth place in the big air contest on Friday night.
Through the men's snowboard slopestyle contest Saturday afternoon, the U.S. was leading the X Games medal count with three golds, three silvers and three bronze medals. Canada followed with two golds, three silvers and a bronze.
"Canada's snowboard program for slopestyle is on point," said McMorris following the Canadian gold-silver in slopestyle.