Winter X Games 2013: Mark McMorris has beef with Shaun White

With the X Games gearing up to go in Aspen this weekend, rumours are rife about what’s going to go down in the slopestyle comp. Shaun White has just been spotted almost landing a triple cork in practise.

But last year’s slopestyle champion (and the runner-up to Mr White at the Tignes X Games) Mark McMorris, has apparently been working on the same trick himself in practise sessions.

Not only that, it appears from this video ESPN have put together that Mark was less than happy with being put second behind Shaun in France:

[Shaun] doesn’t ride rails. He doesn’t even watch snowboarding I don’t think.

Says Mark, bringing the meat from a cow and laying it squarely at Shaun’s door. He then turns his ire on Shaun’s well-documented habit of grabbing rather too close to his boots…

I mean, are you grabbing your board even? That’s a little crazy.

The second highest YouTube commenter, HaggardHands, spells it out even clearer: “I agree with McMorris. Shaun White has a boot-grabbing problem.” Oooh! Yep, that’s right, he went there.

A cow.

Could this be the beginnings of the first serious snowboard feud? Are we gonna see Shaun respond? Is this gonna descend into the realms of Fiddy vs. Ja Rule? Or maybe end in bloodshed on Aiya Napa like Dizzee vs. So Solid?

Or alternatively is this just the product of selective editing by ESPN, in an effort to create a highly marketable US vs. Canada story that’s bound to gain traction in the year before the Olympics? We’re not sure.

What we are sure of however, is that the slopestyle final will certainly be interesting. And all cynicism aside, the whole “will they won’t they” triple cork development makes it even more so.

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