In a big day for Canada’s snowboarders, Max Parrot and Mark McMorris finished first and second in the X Games Aspen big air competition on Friday night.
The gold and silver adds to a first place finish for Spencer O’Brien in women’s snowboard slopestyle earlier in the day. Parrot, McMorris and O’Brien were all members of the Canadian Olympic Team at Sochi 2014.
Big air – which will be in the Olympic Games at Pyeongchang 2018 – at the X Games counts top two scored jumps for each rider over a 25-minute period.
Parrot’s top two scores totalled 93 points (48 + 45), beating McMorris by two points (47 + 44). Japan’s Yuki Kadono overcame technical difficulties with his boards to deliver a clutch last jump that raised him to third place with 88 points, knocking out another Canadian, Sebastien Toutant, to keep the country from having a podium sweep.
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Parrot last won X Games big air gold at Aspen in 2014, while McMorris took the title last year.
With men’s slopestyle still to come on Saturday (where McMorris is the defending champion), Canadian boarders could collect a few more pieces of hardware.