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The Canadian Press - Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 16:00 ET

Mark McMorris breaks rib in X Games slopestyle final

Fellow Canadian Max Parrot wins event in Colorado

Mark McMorris
Mark McMorris during a slopestyle snowboarding event at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)
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Regina's Mark McMorris is taking home a silver medal and a fractured rib from Saturday's slopestyle event at the Winter X Games.

McMorris, the gold-medal favourite heading into Sochi next month, caught his snowboard on the lip of a rail and went sliding down the bar before landing hard on the snow on his third and final run of the day. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before riding down the hill under his own power.

"I whacked my side and I lost my breath," said McMorris, who was treated and released from the hospital, where X-rays showed he had a fractured rib but no other damage.

"I lost my focus. It's too bad because I really wanted to do stuff here."

The injury does not appear to have derailed his trip to the Olympics, where he is due to compete on Feb. 6.

"I ended up breaking a rib but will be continuing my journey to Sochi," he posted Sunday on Instagram.

Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que., reached the top of the podium for the second time in as many days at the X Games, edging McMorris for gold with 96.33 points.

Parrot, who captured his first X Games gold medal Friday night in the big air competition, completed back-to-back triple corks for the first time in a slopestyle competition on his first run.

"I tried the back-to-back triple corks at practice this morning but it wasn't working," Parrot said. "But I guess with the crowd and the great atmosphere here I was able to pull it off.

"All the riders are doing great jumps now. I think it's the riders who really step it up on the rails who are going to have success."

McMorris finished with 95.66 points on the strength of his second run. Stale Sandbech of Norway placed third with 90.00. The best score of the three runs is the final score.

Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Que., who will also represent Canada in Russia, placed seventh.

In the women's slopestyle final, Sochi-bound Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, B.C., finished third with 94.00 points. Norway's Silje Norendal won the gold medal with 96.00 while American Jamie Anderson took silver with 95.66.

Slopestyle will be making its Olympic debut at the Games in February.

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