Olympic medalist snowboarder Max Parrot from Canada has lymphoma | AspenTimes.com

Olympic medalist snowboarder Max Parrot from Canada has lymphoma

The Associated Press

Max Parrot gets air during the slopestyle qualifiers at the 2018 Winter X-Games in Aspen.

MONTREAL — Olympic medalist snowboarder Max Parrot of Canada has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Canada Snowboard said Thursday the cancer was diagnosed Dec. 21 after a biopsy 10 days earlier. The 24-year-old from Quebec will miss the rest of the 2018-19 season.

Parrot said he underwent his first of 12 chemotherapy sessions last week. The cancer attacks part of the immune system and is most often seen in people of 20 to 40 years old.

Former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with the disease in 1993 and returned to play that season.

Parrot won a slopestyle silver medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games and is a five-time X Games champion. He won gold in big air at X Games Aspen in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also won slopestyle gold in Aspen back in 2014.

He’s also won X Games silver on four occasions, two of those silvers coming in Norway.

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