According to CBC Sports on Friday, Maxence Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec and Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan won the gold and silver medals respectively in the men’s big air snowboarding final at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. For Parrot it was his second gold medal of his career in the men’s big air snowboarding competition at the Winter X Games because he also won the title in 2014.
Parrot registered 93 points to take the title. McMorris, who won the bronze medal in men’s slopestyle snowboarding at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, had 91 points to win the silver medal and Yuki Kadono of Japan won the bronze medal with 88 points. Sebastian Toutant of L’Assomption, Quebec finished in fourth place with 84 points.
The gold and silver medals for Parrot and McMorris are significant because big air snowboarding will be making its Olympic debut at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Big air snowboarding is replacing parallel slalom on the Olympic program.
Parrot and McMorris will also be competing in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding competition at the Winter X Games. That event will take place on Saturday.
Team Canada won two gold medals and one silver medal at the Winter X Games on Friday. In women’s slopestyle snowboarding, Spencer O’Brien of Alert Bay, British Columbia won the gold medal.