Mark McMorris and Max Parrot seem to be on good terms after a strange disagreement.
According to the Associated Press, McMorris has apologized to Parrot for suggesting his fellow Canadian was aided by faulty judging in his gold-medal finish in the Beijing Olympics men's snowboarding slopestyle event.
McMorris, who earned the bronze medal in the event, claimed he had "the run of the day" when voicing his frustration with the event's officiating. Parrot now says McMorris has personally apologized for his candid comments.
“He actually came to me earlier today and he apologized for his non-sportsmanship,” Parrot said via AP. “I told him no worries.”
Parrot did not deny making a mistake on one of his jumps in the gold-winning run, but stands firm in his belief that he deserved the top spot. The 27-year-old added that mistakes were made by all of the competitors, though his became more scrutinized.
“Everyone that snowboards knows I missed that grab. I'm not hiding from that. It is what it is,” Parrot told CBC Sports. “They probably missed a lot of other things as well on other riders' runs that day. But you know, I understand the focus is on me, as I've won.”
McMorris, 28, won bronze with a score of 88.53, behind China’s Su Yiming with 88.70, and Parrot, who garnered a score of 90.96. McMorris was quick to tell reporters that he felt his run was the best of the day and that everyone in “the whole industry knows what happened.”
“Obviously would have been nice to have a different shade of medal. But knowing that I kind of had the run of the day and one of the best rounds of my life and the whole industry knows what happened — pretty, pretty crazy,” McMorris said of his third-consecutive bronze medal finish in the men’s snowboard slopestyle event.
Parrot guaranteed that there is no bad blood between the two medalists.
The two Canadians will go head-to-head again on Monday when qualifying for the big air event kicks off. The same nine judges that allegedly failed to notice Parrot’s knee grab and dock him points will be manning this event, as well.
McMorris hasn't been the only snowboarder to come after the officials in Beijing. Gold medallist Ayumu Hirano voiced his defence for severe judging changes after some frustrations of his own.
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