Mark McMorris ~ Slopestyle bronze
Photograph By Nick Atkins/sceneimages.com
No contest would be complete without a judging controversy, and men's slopestyle had it in spades. Heading into the Olympics, Canadian Mark McMorris was favored to win snowboarding's first slopestyle gold. An unfortunate accident at the X Games two weeks prior, which resulted in a rib fracture, left many wondering whether "McRib" (his new nickname) would even be able to ride in Sochi.
McMorris scratched his way through qualifications and finals before putting down the run most thought would win the Olympics -- which included two solidly landed triple-corks. Unfortunately for McMorris, the judges didn't agree, and he went home with a still-respectable bronze.