America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air held its preliminary and final competitions on Buttermilk Mountain at X Games Aspen 2015 on Friday evening (January 23) in Aspen, Colorado.
21-year-old professional snowboarder Mark McMorris snagged the coveted gold medal in the America’s Navy Big Air competition at X Games Aspen 2015, outpacing his competitors with a 35 on his first run and a 47 on his third run with a combined score of 88, thanks to a blind landing of a frontside triple 1440 and a backside triple 1620.
Fellow Canadian and last year’s gold medalist Max Parrot took silver with a combined score of 82 and Japan’s Yuki Kadono took the bronze with a score of 66. McMorris, who also won gold in this event in 2012, received his competition high score of 47 with a frontside triple cork 1140.
When asked about his winning trick backside triple 1620, McMorris said, “That’s a scary one. I’ve done it once in my life and that was two years ago. It hasn’t been done in a contest before. There was no thinking and it was so much nerves, but it comes around so fast you don’t have time to get scared. I have to just try it and it paid off. It was just one of those exciting moments.”
Check out photos of Mark McMorris competing in America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air below. Make sure to tune into X Games Aspen 2015 tomorrow when it returns with Men & Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final beginning at 1PM ET/PT on ABC.
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