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)
Men's Parallel Giant Slalom (February 19)
Men's Snowboard Cross (February 17)
Gold--Nick Baumgartner--United States
Men's Halfpipe (February 11)
Gold--Shaun White--United States
Silver--Greg Bretz--United States
Men's Slopestyle (February 6 & 8)
Women's Parallel Slalom (February 22)
Women's Parallel Giant Slalom (February 19)
Women's Snowboard Cross (February 16)
Gold--Lindsey Jacobellis--United States
Bronze--Eva Samkova--Czech Republic
Women's Snowboard Halfpipe (February 12)
Women's Slopestyle (February 6 & 9)
Gold--Jamie Anderson--United States