Eric Willett finished fourth in the Winter X Games 2012 (shown here in the 2011 European X Games) behind winner Mark McMorris. (Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport)
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 27) – Mark McMorris took the grand prize in the Winter X Games big air snowboard competition despite a perfect 50 on one jump from second place finisher Torstein Horgmo. Each of the pair landed a tripple cork while Eric Willett (Breckenridge, CO) ended up in fourth place.
Mark McMorris won with a score of 80 drawn from the best two scores on two different tricks.
Torstein Horgmo, third-place finisher Sebastien Toutant and Eric Willett all had best two scores of 76 but other trick scores determined the final order of finish.
Eric Willett was coming off a Dew Tour Killington win last weekend.
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Mark McMorris, X Games gold medalist
"X Games is something that I have watched since I was super young and all of my idols have been here."
“To end up on top of the podium in the biggest event in snowboarding is such a good feeling. All the support has been insane.”