Snowboarding

Kate Pettersen - Saturday Jan. 25, 2014 00:39 ET

Maxence Parrot wins snowboard big air final at X Games

Mark McMorris resting up for slopestyle finals

Maxence Parrot
Maxence Parrot won his first career X Games gold medal in the snowboard big air final on Friday in Aspen, Colo. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Canada’s Maxence Parrot won his first career X Games gold medal in the men’s big air final on Friday night in Aspen, Colo.

"It's X Games, it's a big contest, it's my first time at Big Air, and wow, I'm just so happy right now," said Parrot.

"I knew what I was going to do, I planned every run and I knew with these runs I would win."

The 19-year-old from Bromont, Que., was recently named to Canada’s Olympic slopestyle snowboard team for Sochi.

"I don't even realize yet that I'm going to the Olympics," he said. "I'm just focusing contest by contest."

Yuki Kadono of Japan matched Parrot’s best single-run score but his combined two-run score left him with a silver medal.

Stale Sandbech of Norway rounded out the podium winning bronze.

Canada’s Mark McMorris, the 2012 X Games big air champion, decided to drop out of the competition to focus on Saturday’s slopestyle final.

"With Sochi fast approaching, I want to keep my focus on slopestyle here at X Games," McMorris said.

All three medallists from Friday’s event will compete in slopestyle snowboarding at the Olympic Games in Sochi on Feb 6.

With files from ESPN.

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