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Parrot, Ulsletten win big at Shred Show

Over $50,000 in prize money awarded at snowboard competitions



Maxence Parrot recently bought an expensive car and, thanks to $15,000 in prize money for winning The Shred Show presented by Monster Energy big air competition on Saturday night, April 20, that car will have some nicer rims and accessories.

Not that the 18-year-old national team member will have a lot of time to drive it this summer.

"I've got a bunch of training ahead," he said. "It's super park in two weeks, and it's non-stop in the summer. I'm going to New Zealand, Australia... I'm never home and I'm always on my board, doing what I love."

At the end of the line is a chance for Parrot to represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, where the sport of snowboard slopestyle will make its Olympic debut. The national team can qualify up to four men to compete, and with names like World Snowboard Tour champion Mark McMorris and Euro X Games winner Seb Toutant on the list, it's going to be a strong team.

Parrot, who is currently ranked sixth in the world in slopestyle, is easily a favourite to make the team but there are still a lot of events between now and January 2014 and Parrot isn't taking any chances.

"I'm going to try and train as much as possible, the Olympics are kind of a dream for me. I don't want to mess it up, and I'm going to put all of my efforts into it."

Judging by Parrot's performance in the big air, he's ready.

With soft conditions heading into the jump and some light rain falling in the finals, Parrot was the only competitor that succeeded in landing a triple corked trick, getting upside down three times while landing his signature trick — a backside triple corked 1440 with a mute grab thrown in that he had just enough time to land.

"I kind of put it in my head last night at the practice," said Parrot.

"I was trying a couple of different tricks and I knew I had the air time to do it. So I was like 'all right, let's go all in' and I stomped it the first try and that was it. I'm really stoked."

But while Parrot's trick — and score of 96.5 — was the highlight of the night, all of the riders brought their "A-Game" to Whistler, with athletes landing switch 1260 double corked tricks on their very first runs to set the bar high for the rest of the evening.

"Everyone was riding really great in the qualis (qualification round) and it was insane — everyone was doing 12s and switch 12s, and riding at a really high level, and I was expecting that," said Parrot.