Canadian snowboarders Parrot, McMorris, Sharpe advance to Olympic big air final

Coming off a controversial finish and interview that eventually led to an apology, Canadian snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris performed quite nicely in their return to Olympic competition on Monday.

Parrot, who won the gold medal in slopestyle, finished first in qualifying for the Beijing big air competition, while McMorris also booked a spot in the 12-man final (Tuesday, 1 a.m. ET) by placing eighth.

After winning his third consecutive Olympic bronze in slopestyle, McMorris told CBC he felt he delivered the run of the day and would have liked to have a medal of a different colour.

Meanwhile, replays showed that judges missed an error by Parrot when as he grabbed his knee instead of the board on one jump.

This past weekend, McMorris apologized to Parrot in person and also posted his regrets on Twitter.

On Monday, Parrot’s score of 164.75 points was nearly five points ahead of second-place Takero Otsuka of Japan. Redmond Gerard of the United States was third.

Su Yiming of China, who was second in the slopestyle, also reached the big air final by finishing fifth in qualifying. Chinese fans took to social media to blast the judges’ decision from slopestyle, with Su’s coach eventually asking supporters to respect the decision.

A third Canadian, Darcy Sharpe, earned the 12th and final spot in the big air final.

Canada’s Sebastien Toutant, the reigning Olympic champ, had to be helped off the snow after a crash. He did not qualify for the final.

McMorris and Parrot finished first and second, respectively, in big air at last year’s World Championships.

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