O’Neill Rider Max Parrot Scores X Games Double-Gold
Aspen, 25th January, 2014. Team O’Neill rider Max Parrot (CAN) just tore the roof off the Winter X Games, taking gold in the Big Air contest on Friday night ahead of Yuki Kadono (JPN) and Stale Sandbech (NOR), before doubling up the very next day in Slopestyle, edging Mark McMorris (CAN) into silver and Sandbech into his second bronze medal of the weekend.
“It’s just the best feeling!” said Parrot, “Putting those two triples down to win Big Air gold was a dream come true, but snagging my second gold in less than 24 hours… well, that’s just crazy! Even after last night’s madness, I knew I had a decent chance of challenging for a medal in Slopestyle if I managed to put down my run. It was fun going toe-to-toe with Mark and Stale – they’re both so difficult to beat, so I could not be happier right now!”
Seb Toots back home in Montreal – Photo: Yann Roy & Ren Rob
Considered by many to be the most prestigious competition on the international pro snowboarding calendar, Winter X Games arguably plays second fiddle to another mega-contest you well may have heard of once every four years – and this year, that beast of an event will be going down in Sochi, Russia in less than two weeks’ time.
Parrot’s double-gold medal performance in Aspen, Colorado marks the 19-year-old freestyle rider out as one of the most in-form riders going into the ultimate medal-fest next month. The goofy-footed rider has proven himself to be hands-down one of the most consistent riders in the game, stomping double and triple corks at will – and always with bucket loads of style.
The French Canadian rider will now be focused on bringing is A-Game to the land of vodka and furry headwear, where he’ll go up against the Slopestyle elite once again, including Shaun White (USA), who was noticeably absent from Winter X Games after opting to prepare – or save himself – for the trip out East.
Speaking from Aspen after his Slopestyle victory, Max added: “It’s going to be honor to represent Canada next month, and fun for me and Toots [Sebastien Toutant] to try and win a Slopestyle medal for our country. Hopefully I can keep sticking my runs like I have done this weekend. It’s anyone’s game on the day, and now I can’t wait to get out there!”
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