Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot has won Canada’s first gold medal of the 2022 Beijing Olympics with a victory in the men’s slopestyle. Mark McMorris made it two medals for Canada with bronze.
It’s the second straight Olympics that Parrot and McMorris have shared the podium in the event.
Parrot, from Bromont, Que., upgraded his silver from the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, winning Canada’s first gold in Beijing.
Regina’s McMorris also won bronze for a third straight Olympics.
Parrot scored 90.96 on a dominant second run, then challenged his competitors to catch him.
McMorris had the best score of the third run at 88.53 points, but it wasn’t enough to catch his teammate.
China’s Su Yiming, who had the best score in qualifying, took silver with 88.70.
Sebastien Toutant of L’Assomption, Que., was ninth with 54.00.
Toutant won gold in the big air event in 2018 and will defend his crown starting Feb. 14.
McMorris had the second-best score in Sunday’s qualifying round, giving him the penultimate spot in Monday’s final.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
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