Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot wins World Cup big air season opener

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Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot won the opening World Cup big air competition of the season Saturday.

Parrot finished first at Kreischberg, Austria, with a score of 165.00 points, edging Sven Thorgren of Sweden (164.00).

Mons Roisland of Norway was third with 163.20.

Parrot said he was pleased with his performance, especially as this was his first competition since March 7, when Canada swept the podium at the X Games in Norway. Parrot was second in that competition behind Mark McMorris and ahead of Darcy Sharpe.

"I'm just happy to put down my runs tonight and do the performance I was able to do," Parrot, from Bronmont, Que., said. "It wan't an easy final, because I fell on my second run pretty hard. "

Parrot added he was able to take the win by landing his third jump well.

Liam Brearley of Gravenhurst, Ont., was seventh, while Nicolas Laframboise of Saint Jean, Que., was just out of the top 10 in 11th.

In women's competition, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand finished first with 162.40 points, followed by Kokomo Murase of Japan (161.80) and Anna Gasser of Austria (161.40).

Jasmine Baird of Mississauga, Ont., was the top Canadian in 15th, followed by Laurie Blouin of Quebec City in 16th.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 9, 2021.

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