Mark McMorris Defends Gold in Slopestyle at 2018 Burton U.S. Open

Olympic year or not, the Burton U.S. Open is still the climactic finish for competitive snowboarding every March. As the last prominent stage to end up on a podium each season, the latest installment of the 36-year-old event held true to its name and delivered another year of indelible moments that will be talked about for years to come.

McMorris celebrates his win at the 2018 Burton U.S. Open in Vail, CO. p: Mark Clavin

While one major storyline will be that women did not have a chance to run their slopestyle final due to inclement weather (and a correct decision that was lacking just a few weeks back in PyeongChang), another will be revolving around the video above and the name synonymous with gold in slopestlye. Mark McMorris has topped the U.S. Open podium four of the last six years. The Golden State Warriors’ status as a dynasty might still be in debate, but McMorris’ place in history is sealed. Coming back from an insane backcountry injury just a few months ago, Mark snagged a bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics on his way to the Open, and in front of some surprise guests (mainly his father and uncle), McMorris landed his full run on his third-and-final attempt to win gold. Nobody could catch his 88.10 in the flat light, but Chris Corning and Marcus Kleveland came close, rounding out the podium respectively. Enjoy the winning runs above and below, and check out more coverage from the 2018 Burton U.S. Open here!

Chris Corning:

Marcus Kleveland:

Full Results:
1 MARK MCMORRIS CA88.10
2 CHRIS CORNING US87.95
3 MARCUS KLEVELAND NO 87.20
4 TYLER NICHOLSON CA 84.60
5 STALE SANDBECH NO 80.40
6 ROOPE TONTERI FI 77.75
7 YUKI KADONO JP 77.30
8 TAKERU OTSUKA JP 73.20
9 NIKOLAS BADEN US 41.55
10 FRIDTJOF TISCHENDORF NO 40.80

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