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2014 Winter Olympic snowboarding predictions

Maxence Parrot
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According to Maxence Parrot's twitter account, Maxence Parrot, one of Canada's top snowboarders, officially left for Sochi on Saturday.

Over the last few weeks Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec is in the position of being a gold medal contender in the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Parrot is not just there because Canadian snowboarding star Mark McMorris of Regina broke his rib at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado a week ago. Parrot is there on his own merit and is doing triple jumps presently with remarkable ease. He was the best snowboarder at the X Games and proved to the sports world that he should be taken seriously.

However, Parrot will be challenge in Sochi--primarily by American legend Shaun White and Staale Sandbech of Norway. However White does not seem to be 100% at the moment, meaning this could be the best time in Parrot's career to stand on top of the Olympic podium.

Meanwhile on the ladies side, snowboard cross racer Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec should be able to bounce back nicely after a disappointing Winter X Games, while world champion Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, British Columbia is also a gold medal threat in women's slopestyle snowboarding.

The slopestyle snowboarders and parallel slalom snowboarders will be making their Olympic debut in Sochi. The pressure will be on the slopestyle snowboarders right away because they will be competing a full day before the opening ceremonies.

Here are my Olympic snowboarding predictions:

Men's Parallel Slalom (February 22)

Gold--Simon Schoch--Switzerland
Silver--Andreas Prommegger--Austria
Bronze--Nevin Galmarini--Switzerland

Men's Parallel Giant Slalom (February 19)

Gold--Ingemar Walder--Austria
Silver--Lukas Mathies--Austria
Bronze--Rok Marguc--Slovenia

Men's Snowboard Cross (February 17)

Gold--Nick Baumgartner--United States
Silver--Omar Visintin--Italy
Bronze--Markus Schairer--Austria

Men's Halfpipe (February 11)

Gold--Shaun White--United States
Silver--Greg Bretz--United States
Bronze--Yiwei Zhang--China

Men's Slopestyle (February 6 & 8)

Gold--Maxence Parrot--Canada
Silver--Staale Sandbech--Norway
Bronze--Mark McMorris--Canada

Women's Parallel Slalom (February 22)

Gold--Patrizia Kummer--Switzerland
Silver--Marion Kreiner--Austria
Bronze--Ekaterina Tudegesheva--Russia

Women's Parallel Giant Slalom (February 19)

Gold--Patrizia Kummer--Switzerland
Silver--Tomoko Takeuchi--Japan
Bronze--Marion Kreiner--Austria

Women's Snowboard Cross (February 16)

Gold--Lindsey Jacobellis--United States
Silver--Dominique Maltais--Canada
Bronze--Eva Samkova--Czech Republic

Women's Snowboard Halfpipe (February 12)

Gold--Patrizia Kummer--Switzerland
Silver--Tomoko Takeuchi--Japan
Bronze--Marion Kreiner--Austria

Women's Slopestyle (February 6 & 9)

Gold--Jamie Anderson--United States
Silver--Spencer O'Brien--Canada
Bronze--Cheryl Maas--Netherlands