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Parrot wins slopestyle snowboarding World Cup in Quebec

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According to the International Ski Federation website on Sunday, Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Quebec won a gold medal in a men's slopestyle snowboarding World Cup in Stoneham, Quebec.

Parrot, who was competing in foggy conditions just north of Quebec City according to the Canadian Press, posted a score of 94.5 points. Niklas Mattsson of Sweden was in second place with a score of 87.5 points followed by Torgeir Bergrem of Norway at 83 points.

The victory for Parrot was significant for two reasons--a) it increases his chances of making the Canadian Olympic snowboarding team which will be announced on Tuesday from Hotel de Glace in Quebec City, and b) the timing for Parrot's win could not be better because it comes less than three weeks from the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

However it is no lock that Parrot will be on the national slopestyle snowboarding team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, because the team is deep led by Mark McMorris of Regina. Also, according to David Ebner of the Globe and Mail, Parrot decided to set up his own training regime in the gym to prepare for Sochi rather than actively train with fellow snowboarders in the Canadian national program.

In other snowboarding news, American star Shaun White has decided to skip the Winter X Games in Colorado this weekend to prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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