McMorris wins Dew Tour Snowboard Slopestyle
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - Regina's Mark McMorris opened the snowboarding season with a gold medal performance in slopestyle at the Dew Tour on Sunday.
McMorris took first place with a 97.80 points, 6.80 points ahead of Sven Thorgren of Sweden. Montreal's Maxence Parrot finished third with 89.00.
Sebastien Toutant, also of Montreal, placed fourth with 87.60 points.
The slopestyle snowboarding event will make its Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014.
American snowboarding star Shaun White was forced to drop out of Sunday's event after injuring his ankle on a fall in the halfpipe finals on Saturday.
Dew Tour 2013
In what just might be a preview of the Olympic debut of snowboard slopestyle in Sochi, Canadian riders held three of the top four spots at the Dew Tour. "I couldn't have dreamed of starting it better heading into this Olympic year," said X Games gold medalist Mark McMorris, who threw a triple cork 1440 on his way to a dominating slopestyle win. "You always hope and when it comes true it's really nice. We're putting the Americans on notice." Even though Chas Guldemond had to settle for fifth place, because the Dew Tour doubled as a U.S. Olympic team selection event and he was the top American finisher, he leads the field in qualification points. Shaun White, the top qualifier for the event, ended up sitting it out after spraining his ankle during the halfpipe finals.