McMorris Leads After Men's Slopestyle Elimination Round at 2013 X Games at Aspen

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 24, 2013 4:03 pm

The elimination round of the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle competition is officially in the books featuring Mark McMorris of Canada as the top dog with a best run of 88.66. McMorris’s rival Shaun White fell short at Buttermilk Mountain today, struggling to land his jumps cleanly to finish the day in seventh. Neither boarder attempted the high profile triple cork, but this is likely going to decide the winner in Saturday’s finale.

Mark McMorris“I am just so glad I got the first run out of the way,” said McMorris after securing his first place fini

sh for the round. “Now I can just build on that.”

McMorris’s run featured an exciting rail sequence mixing it up with switch and forward tricks. He moved on to the jump sequence with a cab double 900, frontside double 1080, double wildcat and backside double 1080 to take the highest score of the day from the judges. 

White, the five-time X Games Slopestyle champion, hand-touched on two landings during his first run and exclaimed this “was not my best run.” In his second run, he had a sloppy landing on the third of four jumps, so he skipped the final jump leaving him with a score of 32.66.

While White had a rough start to the X Games today, he still qualified for the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final along with Gjermund Braaten, Aleksander Oestreng, Chas Guldemond, Seppe Smits, Maxence Parrot, Peetu Piiroinen, and rival, Mark McMorris.

Stay tuned for what is sure to be a heated final round of Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle on Saturday at 2 PM EST on ESPN.