X Games: McMorris claims Big Air gold; Frisby wins long jump | PostIndependent.com

X Games: McMorris claims Big Air gold; Frisby wins long jump

Kim Rune Hansen takes a practice run for the X Games Big Air competition Friday night. Hansen didn't qualify for the finals.
Aubree Dallas/The Aspen Times |

Mark McMorris goes big in Big Air.

The snowboarders went big and the snowmobilers went long in the final late-night events of the Winter X Games on Friday.

Twenty-one-year-old Canadian Mark McMorris uncorked the biggest of the big airs, winning Winter X gold before a huge crowd at Buttermilk.

McMorris previously won a pair of golds in slopestyle at Winter X in Aspen.

Max Parrot, the defending champion also from Canada, finished with a silver medal this year.

Yuki Kadono of Japan, who won silver in Aspen last year, finished with the bronze in 2015 in Snowboard Big Air.

Other finalists in the Snowboard Big Air included Sven Thorgren (fourth), Stale Sandbech (fifth) and Torstein Horgmo (sixth).

Later Friday night, eight high-flying snowboarders hit the big, big jump in the Snowboard Big Air event late Friday night at Buttermilk, long after Snoop Dogg had left the music stage for a series of private parties in Aspen.

Heath Frisby flies into Snowmobile Long Jump gold

Colten Moore, of Krum, Texas, won the bronze medal in Snowmobile Long Jump. He cleared 157 feet, 4 inches to win his second medal this year. He won the Snowmobile Speed and Style on Thursday.

Heath Frisby, of Muddleton, Idaho, won the long jump in a final showdown with Cory Davis, of Alaska. Frisby, in winning his 10th X Games medal, jumped 164 feet, 11 inches. Davis won silver.

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