Mark McMorris Qualifies First in Slopestyle at 2018 Burton U.S. Open—Top Runs

Mark McMorris secured the final drop for finals this upcoming Friday by riding away with an 83.85 in qualifiers earlier today. Loaded with a backside triple 1440 and a stylish frontside double 1080 mute-to-tail grab, McMorris’ safe run put him in a prime spot to go back-to-back gold in Slope at the Open. Finishing with a bronze just a few weeks ago at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the two riders that scored higher than him in PyeongChang, Max Parrot and Red Gerard, both failed to qualify this morning. That being said, it will not be an easy finals for anyone. Only six points separated the 1-10 positions. With such a talented field, the top spot could go to any of the ten riders strapping in on Friday.

Joining McMorris in the top qualifiers on the day, Marcus Kleveland and Chris Corning landed seemingly effortless runs. Enjoy the full breakdowns below and get ready for the must-watch event live-streaming later this week.

Marcus Kleveland:

Chris Corning:

Checking out the Women’s top qualifying runs here!

Qualified for Finals:
1. Mark McMorris (CAN) 83.85
2. Marcus Kleveland (NOR) 82.30
3. Chris Corning (USA) 82.25
4. Yuki Kadono (JPN) 81.60
5. Takeru Otsuka (JPN) 81.35
6. Fridtjof Tischendorf (NOR) 80.30
7. Staale Sandbech (NOR) 78.15
8. Roope Tonteri (FIN) 78.10
9. Tyler Nicholson (CAN) 78.00
10. Nikolas Baden (USA) 77.75

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