Saturday Jan 24, 2015

X Games Aspen: Day 3 - McMorris, Jacobellis add to gold medal haul

It was all about snowboarding on Day 3 of X Games Aspen 2015 with the men's, women's and adaptive boardercross finals, superpipe eliminations and the epic America's Navy Big Air. There was also the small matter of the high-flying Snowmobile Long Jump.

Here's all the results and highlights!

Snowboard Big Air: McMorris reclaims gold

 America's Navy Snowboard Big Air Highlights 

Mark McMorris won his first Snowboard Big Air gold medal at X Games since 2012 on the massive America’s Navy kicker on Buttermilk Mountain.

The Olympic slopestyle bronze medallist recorded a massive top score of 47, combined with an opening jump of 35, to post a winning total of 88.

Fellow Canadian and last year’s gold medallist Max Parrot picked up the silver while 18-year-old Yuki Kadono of Japan won the bronze.

Big Air specialists like Sven Thorgren, Stale Sandbech and Torstein Horgmo completed the finals line up but no one could top McMorris’s epic frontside triple cork 1440.

“That’s a scary one,” he said of the winning trick. “I’ve done it once in my life before and that was two years ago.

“It hasn’t been done in a contest before. I have to just try it and it paid off. You don’t have time to get scared.”

Snowboard X: Jacobellis wins ninth X Games gold

      Women's Snowboard X Final Full Run      

Lindsey Jacobellis sealed her second-straight gold medal in Women's Snowboard X after a close battle with silver-medalist Dominique Maltais.

American Jacobellis passed her Canadian rival late in the race to pick up a ninth gold medal, her 11th overall at X Games.

French rider Nelly Moenne Loccoz crossed the line just behind in third before the winner paid tribute to her competitors.

“These girls are just getting better,” said Jacobellis. “I am happy to be part of the progression and evolution of this sport. This is a really special moment for me.

In the men’s event Kevin Hill went one better than his silver medal at X Games 2011, winning his first ever gold.

The Canadian led from the start and held off the challenge of Omar Visintin of Italy in second and America’s Nate Holland, who finished third.

Aspen also witnessed the inaugural Adaptive Snowboard X final which was won by the USA’s Keith Gabel, with Carl Murphy claiming silver and Alex Massie rounding off the podium.

           Men's Snowboard X Full Final Race           

Snowmobile Long Jump: Frisby wins 10th X Games medal

Heath Frisby won his third X Games gold medal and tenth overall with victory in the Snowmobile Long Jump.

The 30-year-old cleared the 75ft gap with a distance of 164 feet, 11 inches, four feet ahead of silver-medallist Cory Davies.

Colten Moore claimed the bronze medal, adding to the Speed & Style gold he picked up on Day 2, with a jump of just over 157 feet.

“It’s been a tough season for me,” said Frisby. “But what’s going on under the hood of this thing is unexplainable. I’m super stoked, this is unreal.

               Snowmobile Long Jump: Winning Run               


And the rest...

Mark McMorris could add to his Big Air win before the weekend is over after topping qualifying in Snowboard Slopestyle, with a 96.66, ahead of Stale Sandbech and Torstein Horgmo.

In Men’s Ski Superpipe Olympic slopestyle medallist Gus Kenworthy qualified first with an 89.33, beating Lyman Currier and Kevin Rolland, with Olympic Champion David Wise down in sixth.

Day 4 of X Games Aspen kicks off with the Men’s Ski Slopestyle final, before the women take to the course. Medals will also be given out in Snowmobile HillCross, Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe and Ski Big Air.

Come back to our news page to get all the highlights from those events or click here to check out what went down on Day 2.

        Gus Kenworthy on his way to first place in Men's Ski SuperPipe Qualifying        

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