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Canadian edges out rival Kleveland in slopestyle as Gasser claims podium.
Mark McMorris has capped an amazing recovery from a near-fatal accident to win the 2018 Burton US Open slopestyle crown as Anna Gasser settled for second after the women’s final was cancelled due to high winds.
– Canadian McMorris fell on his first two runs, but unleashed a frontside triple cork 1440 and backside triple cork 1440 to seal back-to-back titles.
– The 24-year-old had a near-fatal accident in March 2017 where he needed two surgeries after he suffered a fractured jaw, fractured left arm, ruptured spleen, pelvic fracture, rib fractures and collapsed left lung.
– The Regina native returned to pick up slopestyle bronze medals at this year’s PyeongChang Winter Games and Winter X Games in Aspen.
– McMorris declared, “All the work is definitely paying off. There’s so many people I want to thank for helping me get back to being able to do this.”
– 2018 Winter X Games slopestyle champion Marcus Kleveland of Norway had to settle for third this time behind McMorris and American Chris Corning.
– Austrian Gasser, who has won Big Air gold in PyeongChang and Aspen this year, lost out to American Jamie Anderson based on their qualifying scores.