Gold for Gasser and McMorris

Anna Gasser and Mark McMorris shine on their snowboards at X Games Norway. The Winter X Games came to a close in Hafjell with some spectacular action having taken place over the four-day event.

Mark McMorris at the Xgames Hafjell, Norway march 11, 2017. // Emil Sollie / Red Bull Content Pool. For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com

Gasser, 25, landed her first ever X Games gold medal on Friday in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle before adding a silver in the Big Air the following day.

After a slopestyle run which featured a Frontside 540, Backside 720 and Cab Double Underflip 900, the judges rewarded her with a score of 89.00 which narrowly beat Jamie Anderson and Julia Marino.

Gasser, who also won the Burton US Open last week, commented afterwards: “This is one of the best moments in my snowboard career.”

Also on the top step of the podium was Mark McMorris in the Men’s Snowboard Big Air and Øystein Braaten in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle.

McMorris now has seven X Games gold medals to his name (three in Big Air) after scoring a total of 85 points for his best two runs which edged compatriot Max Parrot into silver.

The Canadian said of his run which included two triple cork 1620s: “I just wanted to land that perfect. I did it the other day and knew it was in there. I wasn’t really thinking about pressure.

“I blew it on Friday night (slopestyle). The support is extremely motivational. I always want to do my best when it matters.”

For hometown hero Braaten, who grew up 100 miles away, it was business as usual having also picked up the gold at X Games Aspen in January.

Braaten said on Thursday: “This is so special I cant even describe it. Winning in Aspen was also unreal. It was a really cool experience and hopefully the event comes back to Norway.”

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