Monday Jan 26, 2015

X Games Aspen: Day 5 – McMorris doubles up as Slopestyle & SuperPipe close games

X Games Aspen 2015 came to an end on Sunday with five more medals given out. It's been another year of broken records, historic victories, new winners and veterans adding to already massive medal hauls.

Enjoy this final roundup of all the highlights from Snowboard Slopestyle, Ski SuperPipe and Snowmobile SnoCross. Until next year!

Snowboard Slopestyle: McMorris and Norendal win again

Mark McMorris's Winning Snowboard Slopestyle Run

Mark McMorris claimed his second gold medal of X Games Aspen 2015 with a narrow victory in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle.

The Canadian’s technical rail section gave him victory by just one point over Norway’s Stale Sandbech, whose 95 wasn’t quite enough to get him a first gold medal.

Sven Thorgren of Sweden picked up the bronze medal but no one could stop McMorris winning two gold medals for the first time since 2012, as he added to the Big Air gold he won on Day 3.

“After 2012 I didn’t know if I’d be able to experience this feeling again,” he said. “To do it again in 2015 is a dream come true. I think the rails made the difference.”

In the women’s event, Norway’s Silje Norendal successfully defended her X Games gold medal, beating American Olympic champion Jamie Anderson to the top spot.

Her superior rail section again proved crucial as she nailed a flawless run to earn a score of 93.66, ahead of Anderson in second and Christy Prior of New Zealand in third.

And Spencer O’Brien of Canada was unlucky to finish outside the top three after making history by landing the first ever 900 in women’s competition.

“I don’t watch too much when I ride but I knew Spencer landed a 900,” said Norendal. "It’s really cool to see progressive riding from the girls and I think we are a lot better this year than last year.”

Watch Silje Norendal's Winning Snowboard Slopestyle Run

Ski SuperPipe: D’Artois wins first SuperPipe gold for Canada

Simon D’Artois finished off X Games Aspen 2015 with a bang by landing a huge run in Ski SuperPipe and winning his first ever gold.

His final run included a double cork 1260, 21ft above the top of the pipe, and earned him a score of 93 – enough to beat Frenchman Kevin Rolland and Aspen local Alex Ferreira.

It was the first time a Canadian has topped the podium in the event and only D’Artois’s second trip to a Winter X Games.

“This is everything,” he said. “It’s my dream come true to win the X Games here today. I don’t believe it right now but it will hit me later.”

 Simon D'Artois's Winning Ski SuperPipe Run In Full 

Snowmobile SnoCross: Tucker Hibbert’s reign continues

Tucker Hibbert won his eighth-straight X Games gold medal in SnoCross, making him the only man to top the podium in the last seven years.

The American took the holeshot in the final and never looked back, with Kody Kamm crossing the line in second and Ross Martin picking up the bronze medal.

Hibbert had been the youngest ever Winter X Games gold medalist back in 2000 at just 15 before Chloe Kim’s historic SuperPipe win on Day 4.

“We’ve got eight in a row, I never dreamed of anything like this,” said Hibbert. “I think I can do it for a few more years.”

In the adaptive event Garrett Goodwin beat Doug Henry and Jim Wazny to win his first gold medal and third overall.

Watch the Snowmobile SnoCross Final in Full

And the rest…

That’s it for another epic Winter X Games. Check our news page for results and highlights from all five days in Aspen!

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