Golden bird! Max Parrot helps kick off Canada’s Beijing Games

The snowboarding maestro wins the country's first gold and adds to an impressive early medal haul at 2022 Winter Olympics
The Beijing Winter Olympics are on! (ID 240702821 © Walter Arce | Dreamstime.com)


The Beijing Winter Games are fully underway and the Canadian Olympic team has definitely started on time.

A look at the table this morning after Day 6 of competition shows Canada is sole possession of second place in total medals with six. That count includes four bronze medals, a silver, and, as of this morning, a brilliant gold medal won by snowboarder Max Parrot in the men's snowboard slopestyle.

Perfect Parrot

Parrot has long been a force in international snowboarding. He is known for his mesmerizing, record-breaking jumps on the slope. For example, in 2015, he was the first guy to do this ...

Wow, right?! But if we're being honest, even that pales in comparison to this medal. Not only is it his first ever Olympic gold, but he won it after beating cancer in 2019. How's that for being an inspiration?

Even cooler? His Canadian teammate, Mark McMorris captured bronze in the same event.

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Way to go, Max and Mark! Canada is so proud! (Getty Embed)

Great leap

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Jumping for joy! The team of Loutitt, Soukup, Strate, and Boyd-Clowes celebrate bronze in Beijing. (Getty Embed)

Another groundbreaking medal was seized last night by some Canadians in the ski jumping mixed team (this means that men and women compete together). The team of Alexandria Loutitt, Matthew Soukup, Abigail Strate, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes won bronze, giving their country its first-ever medal in the event.

Meanwhile, in an event that Canada has been successful in for a long time, Kim Boutin also won bronze in the women's 500m short track speed skating. This equals her finish in Pyeongchang 2018, where she also captured bronze in the 1500m and silver in the 1000m. Those two events are coming up, so we'll see if she can add more to her medal count soon!

Big game tonight

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An order to wear masks and an one-hour game delay didn't stop Canada from beating the ROC (Russian) team. Tonight, it's the USA. (Getty Embed)

Speaking of what is upcoming, there are some pretty awesome events coming up in the next few days. Maybe none of them more exciting that in women's ice hockey. That's because it's time for the sport's two heavyweights to go toe-to-toe.

Yep, it's Canada versus the United States!

This is only a round robin game, so no medal is at stake yet. But in an event that these two countries have completely dominated for decades, it is a very good chance that this is a preview of the gold medal final. Canada has been looking electric so far, including a 6–1 win against ROC last night.

Who will win tonight? We can't wait to find out!


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