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Parrot takes lead in Olympic debut of slopestyle

United States' Ryan Stassel takes a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Photographer: The Associated Press
United States' Ryan Stassel takes a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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And to think, Shaun White chose not to ride down this course. Snowboarders kicked off competition at the Olympics on Thursday by making the slopestyle layout that White deemed "intimidating" feel anything but that. Sunny skies. No wind. Decent snow. All in all, slopestyle's debut on the grand stage was a great day for riding rails and grabbing big air and an even better day for scores. Canadian Max Parrot backed up his win last ...

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