Mark McMorris will seek to break the Winter X Games medal record in Norway this weekend ©Getty Images

Canada's Mark McMorris will seek to make sporting history at the Winter X Games that start in Norway’s Hafjell Resort tomorrow by beating the record of 18 winter discipline medals he currently shares with Shaun White.

The 26-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan, who came back from near-fatal internal injuries in a 2017 crash to earn a second Winter Olympic slopestyle bronze medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, earned his 18th X Games medal at the last event in the current series in Aspen in January.

His silver in the men’s snowboard big air behind Canadian team-mate Max Parrot saw him equal the total amassed by the US phenomenon who has won three Winter Olympic snowboard halfpipe titles and announced only this week that he was no longer seeking to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 skateboarding event.

McMorris, who has won eight X Games golds, will go again in the men’s snowboard big air final scheduled for tomorrow in a field that also includes Parrot and Sweden’s bronze medallist from Aspen, Sven Thorgren.

X Games Norway 2020 was due to be the second event after Aspen, but what was scheduled to be China's first Winter X Games event at Chongli from February 21 to 23 was postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

The three medallists will also enter the men’s snowboard slopestyle on Sunday, which features Aspen gold medallist Darcy Sharpe of Canada.

Home athlete Mons Røisland, who took silver behind Sharpe, will be hoping to go one better in front of his home crowd.

Meanwhile back-to-back Olympic gold medallist Jamie Anderson, who won the women's snowboard slopestyle for the United States in Aspen, is back against the two rivals who took silver and bronze behind her - Canada's Laurie Blouin and Japan's Kokomo Murase respectively.

Colby Stevenson, who won the men's ski slopestyle title for the United States in Aspen, will be hoping to repeat the trick on Sunday against a field that includes Aspen bronze medallist Fabian Bösch of Switzerland, the big air world champion.

Among the contenders for the women’s ski slopestyle title on Sunday will be Maggie Voisin of the United States, who took bronze behind winner Kelly Sildaru of Estonia and Switzerland’s Olympic slopestyle champion Sarah Hoefflin at Aspen.

X Games is returning to Norway for the fifth consecutive year, but knuckle huck will be making its debut there this weekend.

Instead of hitting the big air jump as they traditionally would, riders will instead take off the knuckle (roll over) of the jump and huck their most unique and creative trick, finishing in the same landing area.

Tomorrow’s programme starts with the women’s snowboard big air final, followed by the women’s ski big air final, then the men’s versions of these two finals, followed by the snowboard and ski knuckle huck events.

Sunday is given over exclusively to slopestyle competition, starting with the women’s snowboard and ski finals, and then the corresponding men’s events.