Aspen, Colorado — Mark McMorris overcame a perfect run by Torstein Horgmo to capture his first Winter X Games gold medal in Snowboard Big Air to close out Friday night at Winter X Games Aspen 2012.
“X Games is something that I have watched since I was super young and all of my idols have been here,” an energetic and excited McMorris said. “To end up on top of the podium in the biggest event in snowboarding is such a good feeling. All the support has been insane.”
Both McMorris and last year’s gold medalist Horgmo pulled off the vaunted Triple Cork, with Horgmo scoring a perfect 50. But McMorris’ collection of work put him on top of the medal stand.
“It was amazing,” silver medalist Horgmo said. “I am so stoked for Mark. It seemed like we kept pushing each other. It was just a good session out there.“
The man known affectionately known as “Seb Toots,” Sebastien Toutant took home the bronze to go along with his silver from last year’s event.
The Big Air course is approximately 300 feet and made up of a single 80-foot step-up jump. The competition featured snowboarders who each attempted a single trick off the feature in a jam session format. Snowboard Big Air is judged on aggressive execution of maneuvers, degree of difficulty, variety of tricks, originality and style.
Video: Mark McMorris And Torstein Horgmo Throw Triple Cork 1440's In X Games Big Air