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Canadian skier Max Parrot wins gold medal at Beijing Winter Olympics just three years after being diagnosed with cancer

A CANADIAN skier has won a controversial Winter Olympics gold medal – just three years after being diagnosed with cancer.

Max Parrot was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2018, at the age of 24.

Max the parrot won the Winter Olympics gold medal in snowboarding

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Max the parrot won the Winter Olympics gold medal in snowboardingCredit: Alamy
The parrot, pictured with fiancee Kay, was diagnosed with cancer in 2018

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The parrot, pictured with fiancee Kay, was diagnosed with cancer in 2018

But in July 2019, the Quebec star announced he was cancer-free after 12 rounds of chemotherapy lasting six months.

Parrot, 27 this year, marked the second sloppy turn of events in Beijing for the gold of China’s 17-year-old Su Yiming and fellow Canadian Mark McMorris – a better take than the silver he managed. at Pyeongchang 2018.

But commentators and viewers alike believe he missed a pounce in his bid to win.

However, it was not chosen by the jury.

After landing the gold, Parrot said to BBC Sport: “Wonderful.

“The past four years have passed a lot. The last time I was at the Olympics, in Pyeongchang, I won a silver medal, and then I had to go through cancer.

“It was a nightmare – it’s hard to describe what I went through.

“You don’t have cardio, you don’t have energy, you don’t have muscle.

“To come back here, at OlympicGoing to the podium again but having a gold medal, it feels great. “

The gold marked an incredible new year start for Parrot, who also proposed to his girlfriend Kay in January.

Parrot finished third after the first of three laps, with 2018 champion Red Gerard leading the way.

But Canadian a whopping 90.96 in the No2 run is the best of the bunch.

Parrot added: “I had the best time of my life.

“I’m very proud of every feature, how I was able to remove them, and I was really affected by my score.”

Parrot's run to win came under scrutiny as some thought the umpires missed an unsuccessful skateboard

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Parrot’s run to win came under scrutiny as some thought the umpires missed an unsuccessful skateboardCredit: EPA

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17568367/canadian-snowboarder-max-parrot-gold-winter-olympics-cancer/ Canadian skier Max Parrot wins gold medal at Beijing Winter Olympics just three years after being diagnosed with cancer

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