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Canadians fly high at X Games

Gold for Turski, McMorris, Maltais, Del Bosco, Danniels, Groenewoud



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The medals kept coming for Canada with Mark McMorris adding a gold in the snowboard slopestyle event, winning by five points over Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. and Peetu Piiroinen of Finland. Sebastien Toutant, the reigning champion, just missed the podium in fourth.

In the ski big air, Bobby Brown placed first overall, followed by Swiss skier Kai Mahler and New Zealand's Jossi Wells.

On Sunday, Canada picked up another double podium in the men's ski cross with Chris Del Bosco taking gold and Whistler's Dave Duncan in third.

While Del Bosco has struggled so far this year, this was one event he wanted. He didn't have the fastest start but was aggressive on the jumps and managed to pass his way to the lead spot with a long air over a section of three rollers.

"It's been kind of an up and down season and I was hoping to come here and have a big day," he said. "I'm feeling good about my skiing and it all came together. To come here and win gold with Duncan on the podium, it's a great day."

Duncan was himself sitting in fifth (there are six skiers at X Games versus four for World Cup and Olympic races) at one point, but passed his way onto the podium.

"It was close all the way through," said Duncan. "The guys were all side-by-side. It was a definite battle out there."

Brady Leman and Tristan Tafel made the semi-finals but didn't advance.

In the women's ski cross, the team has been deciminated by injuries with Kelsey Serwa joining Olympic Champion Ashleigh McIvor and world champion bronze medallist Julia Murray on the sidelines. Whistler's Marielle Thompson has stepped up to earn her first career World Cup podiums and made the finals in the women's event where she was in contention for the podium until she lost control in a tight corner and crashed. She finished her day in fourth, behind Marte Bjerfsen of Norway, Hedda Berntsen of Norway and Jenny Owens of Australia.

"I skied really well and I'm happy about that, but not so happy with myself for making a mistake," said Thompson. "I just got kind of squeezed in that turn."

In the Mono Skier X race, a time trial event on a parallel cross course for sit skiers, Whistler's Sam Danniels placed first overall after passing his way to the front. Canada's Josh Dueck was third behind American Gregory Peck.

The final event was one for the record books, with American Shaun White winning his fifth consecutive gold medal in the snowboard superpipe — while landing the first perfect "100" score in the history of the sport. Iouri Polladtchikov of Poland was second with Ryona Aono of Japan placing third. More impressive, White didn't even need to compete — he had already sewn up the win at that point with a 94.0 in his first trip down the pipe. No Canadians were in the competition.