Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot wins Laureus World Comeback of the Year award
Canadian Olympic snowboarder Max Parrot bought gear on Thursday, winning the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award after defeating cancer from Hodgkin’s lymphoma to win multiple gold medals at the X Games.
The Bromont, Que. Native defeated Alex Smith (NFL), Alex Morgan (USA Soccer), Daniel Bard (MLB), Mikaela Shiffren (USA Skiing) and Kento Monota (Badminton, Japan) for the prize.
The 26-year-old currently holds the record for most big air snowboarding gold medals in X Games history.
“Winning this award is very special to me. I can easily say it’s my biggest achievement,” Parrot said. “It’s recognition that I’m extremely proud of. I share it with the many important people in my life who have been on this journey with me. Laureus Academy told me it was inspired by my story and who I am as a person. It just inspires me to accomplish so much more. “
Parrot was diagnosed with cancer on December 21, 2018. He won his battle in six months.
Only two months after announcing he was cancer free, Parrot returned to competition at the Norway X Games where he won a gold medal in the big air.
After a big gold medal in the air in January at a World Cup in Austria, with the hope of participating in the next X Games, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to participate . He won silver in the big air at the world championships in March in Aspen, Colorado.
The other laureates of the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards, which were revealed at a digital awards ceremony in Seville, Spain, were:
- Rafael Nadal (Laureus World Sportsman of the Year)
- Naomi Osaka (Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year)
- Patrick Mahomes (Laureus World Breakout Athlete of the Year)
- Bayern Munich (Laureus World Team of the Year Award).