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Winter X Games 2016: Results, Medal Winners, Trick Highlights from Saturday

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2016

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 30: The venue at the Winter X Games 2016 Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain is lit up on the evening of January 30, 2016, in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Chris Council/Getty Images)
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The third day of the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, concluded with plenty of highlights and snow. While Saturday may not have seen a trick as incredible as Joey Parsons' seat flip Friday night, spectators were not disappointed with a slate of six exciting events.

Many racers picked up the first medals of their careers while battling heavy snow throughout the night. 

Here's a look at the medalists in each event as well some reactions from around the Internet:

2016 Winter X Games Results: Day 3
Mono Skier XCompetitorsFinals Time
GoldJerome Elbrycht1:12.207
SilverNikko Landeros1:12.545
BronzeKevin Bramble1:12.963
Men's Snowboard SlopestyleCompetitorsBest Run
GoldMark McMorris92.66
SilverSebastien Toutant90.00
BronzeMons Røisland86.33
Coors Light Men's Skier XCompetitorsFinals Time
GoldBrady Leman0:48.571
SilverBastien Midol0:49.108
BronzeChris Del Bosco0:49.277
Coors Light Women's Skier X CompetitorsFinals Time
GoldKelsey Serwa0:51.417
SilverMarielle Thompson0:51.812
BronzeAlizee Baron0:52.061
Intel Men's Snowboard SuperPipeCompetitorsBest Run
GoldMatt Ladley82.33
SilverBen Ferguson79.00
BronzeScotty James76.00
GoPro Ski Big AirCompetitorsBest 2 Runs
GoldFabian Bosch86.00
SilverBobby Brown85.00
BronzeElias Ambühl84.00
XGames.ESPN.com

Sage Kotsenburg may not have placed in the men's snowboard slopestyle, but that didn't stop him from having one of the most creative moves of the night, per the X Games:

X Games @XGames

Sage Kotsenburg is savage! #XGames https://t.co/7RgG4Km5dq

When it comes to winning moves, gold medalist Mark McMorris, a Saskatchewan native, put the field to shame with his second run in the slopestyle. Saskatchewan politician Brad Wall shared a video from ESPN of his impressive run:

Brad Wall @BradWall306

So @markmcmorris wins gold today at the @XGames And @Craig_McMorris is again money on the call. https://t.co/kLh7y6H0sl

McMorris landed back-to-back triple-cork 1440s to win his second straight slopestyle—and fourth overallper Jason Blevins of the Denver Post. A snowstorm, which sped up the course, did not deter McMorris.

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"I stuck to the run I wanted to do," he said. "I'm just so happy I stuck with the plan. I think the level of riding was higher than it's ever been. It's unreal it just keeps progressing."

According to ESPN Stats & Info, McMorris is staking his claim as one of the best slopestyle competitors ever:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Mark McMorris: 2nd straight gold in Snowboard Slopestyle, 7th career Slopestyle medal- second to Shaun White (8 Slopestyle medals)

Jerome Elbrycht brought home the gold in the mono skier X by the slimmest of margins over Nikko Landeros. Elbrycht was impressive, but Landeros had one of the most inspiring stories of the day.

The Colorado competitor lost both legs in a 2007 car accident but has been playing sled hockey for the United States Paralympic team, per David Krause of the Denver Post. His silver medal Saturday was his first in the X Games, but according to Darci Miller of TeamUSA.org, he already had "two Paralympic gold medals, two sled hockey world championship gold medals, and one silver and seven World Sled Hockey Challenge medals, one of which (a gold) came just last week."

Landeros was happy with his performance.

"It felt awesome," he said after the race, per Krause. "It was awesome just to be a part of this, and to win a medal is icing on the cake. To have my family here and friends makes it even better."

The U.S. Olympic Committee congratulated Landeros on his accomplishment:

U.S. Olympic Team @TeamUSA

CONGRATS to @usahockey's @nikko1515 for taking SILVER in Mono Ski in his #XGames debut! #GoTeamUSA 🇺🇸 https://t.co/FuvmVpb9Io

A pair of Canadians dominated the men's and women's skier X events as Brady Leman and Kelsey Serwa took the gold in their respective races, per Team Canada:

Team Canada @TeamCanada

.@kelseyserwa & @Lemanracing golden as Canadians win four of six skier x medals at #XGames: https://t.co/RyvnZfBK4I https://t.co/lY0H9LU34o

It must have been an especially sweet win for Serwa, who had not won gold since the 2011 Winter X Games, when she was involved in a scary crash at the finish line. Before the race, she took to Instagram to let everyone know that was not going to happen again: "Last time I competed, I broke my back, smashed my face and took home the gold. It was totally worth it, but this time I'm planning to land on my feet."

Leman spoke about his path to winning the gold as well, per the Canadian Press (via the Waterloo Record):

This year I worked a lot more on the mental side of things and changed my approach. I've always been strong in training but I couldn't manage to put it together until today. I was relaxed and calm and had three perfect starts. I've dreamed of winning the Winter X Games in ski cross long before wanting to win a World Cup. This event pioneered our sport and it's huge day for me. A best day.

The snow picked up with two events left and forced the snowboard superpipe into a "one-run final," per the X Games:

X Games @XGames

Snow: 1 #XGames: 0

While it caused issues, the snow also provided this interesting highlight from New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who was in the crowd, per the X Games:

X Games @XGames

Snow dance! 💃 #XGames https://t.co/aLGDkXONqa

Poor weather is not what Matt Ladley, another Colorado native, will remember when looking back on these X Games, because his gold in the superpipe counts the same. Professional snowboarder and X Games medalist Steve Fisher congratulated Ladley:

Steve Fisher @StevenHFisher

So pumped for my protégé @MattLadley for winning @XGames !!! ⚒

Ladley revealed he may have had a secret weapon that helped him win, per Blevins:

Denver Post Sports @DPostSports

Matt Ladley wears Manning jersey to X Games gold in snow-shorted halfpipe finals: https://t.co/CfI4lABZTk https://t.co/gsri9noWRJ

"Dreaming about winning an X Games medal doesn't usually go this way," Ladley said. "I didn't live in Denver when John Elway was playing, so Manning is my boy now."

Weather delayed the final event of the night, the GoPro ski big air, but Switzerland's Fabian Bosch ended up taking the gold with a best-two total of 86.00, per the X Games:

X Games @XGames

Fabian Boesch is bringin’ home his first #XGames gold! https://t.co/3scQcaeVQx

Here's the schedule for the final day of the 2016 Winter X Games:

2016 Winter X Games Schedule: Jan. 31
EventTime (ET)
Men's Ski Slopestyle FinalNoon
Snowboarder Adaptive X Semi's / Consolation / FinalNoon
Men's Snowboarder X Heats / Semi's / Consolation / Final2 p.m.
Women's Snowboarder X Heats / Semi's / Consolation / Final2 p.m.
Women's Snowboard SuperPipe Final3:45 p.m.
XGames.ESPN.com

The forecast calls for another one to three inches of snow in Aspen on Sunday, per Krause, but if Saturday was any indication, it will make the events more fun. After all, without snow, there would be no Winter X Games. 

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