Max Parrot takes big air snowboard gold Fri. in Aspen
The Aspen Times
Max Parrot of Canada soared to gold and soared to an historic first in the snowboard big air competition at the 2016 Winter X Games at Buttermilk.
The 22-year-old won his third Winter X gold and fifth overall medal with the first cab triple cork 1800 ever executed in a snowboard competition.
Defending champion Mark McMorris, a fellow member of the Canadian big air force, won the silver medal.
His two-run best score of 91.00 was just behind Parrot’s 93.00.
Yiki Kadono of Japan won the 2016 bronze medal with his composite 88.00.
Just out of the medals was another Canadian flyer, Sebastien Toutant.
The historic big air trick was a dizzying experience, according to Parrot.
“I only … did that trick once because I never had the jump for it,” he said. “You actually get a little bit dizzy after.”
McMorris said the Winter X Games helps advance the sport with evens like big air.
“X Games big air always makes you try new tricks,” McMorris said. “Usually I’d be too scared to try these tricks, but the fans are so great and the jump is really state of the art. To me, X Games is the Super Bowl of action sports so getting any medal means a lot to me.”
Their performances warmed up the Winter X Games crowd for the Twenty One Pilots concert late Friday night.