Maxence "Max" Parrot (born June 6, 1994) is a Canadian snowboarder who is a seven-time X Games champion and Olympic silver medalist. He represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, winning the silver medal in the latter.
|Born||June 6, 1994|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|Event(s)||Slopestyle, Big air|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2014 2018|
Parrot was born and raised near the Bromont ski area in Quebec. He began skiing at age 3 and discovered snowboarding at age 10. His father, Alan Parrot, was an alpine ski racer national hopeful and Canadian waterski champion.
Max Parrot has made snowboarding history four times. In 2013 he laid down the first Backside Triple Cork ever seen in an X Games Slopestyle event. In 2014, Parrot was the first to land consecutive Triple jumps in a Slopestyle run at the X Games. In April 2015, Parrot performed the very first Cab Quadruple Underflip 1620. In January 2016, he brought the Cab 1800 Triple Cork into competition at X Games in Aspen, earning him his second Big Air gold medal. He competes in slopestyle and represented Canada in this event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Parrot has won a gold and silver medal each in both slopestyle and the big air events at the Winter X Games.
He competed for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea where his first competition was in the slopestyle event. Parrot qualified for the final with the highest score, but in the final, he started with difficulty. He fell heavily on his first two of three runs, on his final run he threw down a clean run, scoring 86.00. This was good enough for the silver medal and his teammate Mark McMorris finished in third for the bronze medal. After the run Parrot said that "I hit my head twice, a couple were pretty hard actually. But I'm fine, I'm good. My helmet saved me twice and it made it possible to do my third run and actually land it. It's mission accomplished for me here. I'm really happy."
On 17 January 2019, Parrot announced he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma on 21 December 2018 and that he had started a 6-month course of chemotherapy. In early July 2019, Parrot announced he has beaten Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On August 31, 2 months after his final round of chemotherapy, he won the X Games snowboard big air event in Oslo, Norway.
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