Mark McMorris is breaking records!
The 26-year-old Canadian snowboarder snagged the silver medal in The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air competition on Saturday (January 25) at X Games Aspen 2020 — making this his eighteenth X Games medal, making him one of the most decorated medalists — along with American snowboarder Shaun White — in X Games Aspen history.
After missing the podium at Jeep Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle earlier in the afternoon, McMorris came to Big Air ready to be back on top. He came and delivered with a
“It was really fun to get a medal,” McMorris told our reporters at the base of Buttermilk Mountain after the competition. “It was fun just to ride the way I wanted to. It didn’t happen this afternoon, so I am just ecstatic.”
He continued, “All I’m trying to do out here is ride to the best of my abilities and land when it matters and this was a great way to end the day for me.”
Taking home the gold medal was Max Parrot, making the win his sixth gold and ninth overall in The Real Cost Men’s Snowboard Big Air.
Parrot missed Aspen 2019 (and the entire contest season) after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2018, and, after an aggressive treatment plan including 12 chemo sessions in approximately six months, he returned to take gold at X Games Norway 2019 and again last night.
Parrot blew minds, throwing down 1620s in three different directions (cab, backside and frontside), and a cab 1800 in run four that helped him hold on to the lead in an extremely close contest, with Swedish rider Sven Thorgren joining the two Canadians on the podium with bronze.
You can keep up with Mark by connecting with him on Instagram at @markmcmorris.
Rewatch the entire competition below: