Canada's Mark McMorris wins snowboard slopestyle title at X Games
Mark McMorris of Regina, Sask., reacts at the end of his run in the slopestyle event Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at the FIS Snowboard World Championship in Stoneham, Que. (Clement Allard / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, January 26, 2013 6:22PM EST
ASPEN, Colo. -- Regina's Mark McMorris successfully defended his snowboard slopestyle title at the X Games on Saturday, while fellow Canadian Max Parrot earned silver.
The 19-year-old McMorris won with his third-run score of 98.00 -- the highest in the event's history. The victory comes a day after McMorris failed to defend his title in the men's snowboard big air final after being nudged out of the top spot by a perfect score from Norway's Torstein Horgmo.
McMorris edged out Shaun White in the slopestyle after the five-time winner fell on his final two runs and settled for fifth place.
McMorris pulled out a difficult cab double cork 1260 on his last run, which bumped his score from 94.66 to 98.00.
White and McMorris are expected to challenge for the 2014 Olympic gold medal when slopestyle debuts in Russia.
Parrot, and 18-year-old X Games rookie from Quebec, placed second after landing a triple cork to earn a 90.00. Belgium's Seppe Smits claimed bronze.