Olympics-Canadian snowboarder Parrot eyes Beijing gold after cancer battle


FILE PHOTO: Max Parrot of Canada bites his gold medal after winning the Men's Snowboard Big Air at the X Games Norway 2019 at Telenor Arena in Fornebu, Norway August 31, 2019. NTB scanpix/Fredrik Hagen via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot said on Friday that the mental toughness he gained during his battle with cancer carried over to the slopes where the slopestyle Pyeongchang silver medallist now hopes to go one better and win gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Parrot's career was put on hold when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2018. Two months after being declared cancer free in mid-2019, Parrot won an X Games big air gold medal in his return to competition.

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