Torstein Horgmo tops Mark McMorris in slopestyle qualifying at Winter X Games
Jan 24, 12:00pm EST
Norway's Torstein Horgmo earned the top score in the elimination round for snowboard slopestyle at Winter X Games Aspen on Thursday, qualifying with a 93.33 on his first run.
Canada's Mark McMorris - considered the gold medal favorite for the 2014 Sochi Games where slopestyle will make its Olympic debut - qualified in 2nd with a 92.00 on his second run. McMorris landed a triple cork in his run - the only rider to do so - but had points deducted for a bobble on the rail section, which helped keep him behind Torstein on the leaderboard.
Chas Guldemond will be the lone member of the U.S. Olympic slopestyle team competing in Saturday's final. He qualified 4th with a 91.00. His American teammate Sage Kotsenburg had a lot of fun with his rail lines on the course, but did not advance to the final after qualifying 15th. The other American Olympians, Shaun White and Ryan Stassel, are not present at X Games this week.
Although most countries have their Olympic rosters set already, Winter X Games will provide one of the few chances this season - and the last before Sochi - to see how the riders stack up against an international field.