Shaun White's Struggles Prove How Talented Mark McMorris Is

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 26, 2013

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 26:  Mark McMorris of Canada goes airborne to win the gold medal in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle during Winter X Games Aspen 2013 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 26, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Another year, another disappointing finish for Shaun White in the X Games Slopestyle competition.

White couldn't score himself a medal in the event this year and could only muster up a score of 70 in his three runs.

White is clearly the greatest athlete ever to strap a snowboard to his feet, but for some reason, the slopestyle event has not been his forte of late. Before failing to reach the finals in 2011, White had to pull out because of an ankle injury last year, and then this.

The last two runs of White's day were easily his worst. After scoring a 70 in his initial run, White would go on to fall in his last two runs, unable to land any significant tricks off the jumps or rails.

Watching White have issues in this event really makes you appreciate how great Mark McMorris is. White is so great, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that McMorris is one of the best in the business.

The 19-year-old landed a triple cork in his first run of the event, ultimately pulling in a score of 94.66. McMorris already had the gold medal wrapped up before his final run of the day, but pulled off another triple cork for good measure, which pleased both the fans and the judges, who gave him a 98.

It was the highest score in the event's history.

By comparison, White attempted the same trick in his first run, but was unable to pull it off cleanly to get credit for it.

With all the attention that is normally on White, sometimes McMorris doesn't get his due. But seeing as how McMorris has once again topped White handily in the slopestyle event, people should really start to take notice of the incredible ability and showmanship of the Canadian.