Parrot wins X Games snowboard slopestyle event, McMorris takes silver

The Canadian Press

OSLO — Max Parrot won the gold medal while Mark McMorris took silver in men's snowboard slopestyle Sunday at the Norway Winter X Games.

It was the second medal of the X Games stop for the Canadian snowboarders. Regina's McMorris won gold and Parrot, of Bromont, Que., took silver in Saturday's big air final.

McMorris picked up his 20th career X Games medal. He passed Shaun White to become the most decorated athlete in Winter X Games history with his 19th medal on Saturday.

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The two medals ended a successful comeback season for Parrot. He returned to action in August after being declared cancer-free following a December 2018 diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. He claimed gold in his return to competition, winning an X Games big air event in Oslo on Aug. 31.

Parrot also won a big air World Cup event on Dec. 14 in Beijing.

"It's been a great season for me, especially with my comeback after cancer," Parrot said. "I don't think I could have asked for a better season.

"I'm looking forward to having some vacation now."

Parrot now has 13 X Games medals, including eight gold.

Darcy Sharpe of Comox, B.C., who took bronze in the big air on Saturday, was eighth in Sunday's slopestyle.

Brooke Voigt of Fort McMurray, Alta., took bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle  behind New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Japan's Kokomo Murase.

Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., was fifth. She won bronze in Saturday's big air competition.

Skier Megan Oldham of Parry Sound, Ont., who won gold in Saturday's big air, was seventh in women's slopestyle action Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2020.

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