Max Parrot jumps to a victory during the Big Air at Fenway Park in Boston on February 11, 2016. (Photo: Elise Amendola)
Olympian Max Parrot added an X Games silver to his stellar big air season in Oslo, Norway on Saturday.
Parrot who has won four of the last seven big air competitions this season, aimed to defend his X Games Aspen title in Oslo, while fellow Canadian Darcy Sharpe was hungry for his first X Games podium. With only two attempts and the best run counting towards their final score, the Canadians needed at least one big run to walk away with a medal.
Parrot landed a backside triple cork 1440 on his first attempt, scoring 80.66 ranking him second behind X Games Aspen bronze medallist from Japan Yuki Kadono, who scored 90.66. Sharpe was unable to land his first run, despite nailing the same skill in Friday’s qualification round to earn his spot in the final.
With a target set on Kadono’s best score of 90.66, Parrot produced a huge final attempt landing a backside triple crock 1620. However, after a long and suspenseful wait judges awarded the Canadian a 90.33, to put him second behind Kadono. Despite nailing a backside triple cork 1440 on his final run, Sharpe finished fourth with a score of 78.66, behind Billy Morgan of Great Britain (79.33).