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Olympic medalist snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

MONTREAL -- Olympic medalist snowboarder Max Parrot of Canada has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Canada Snowboard said Thursday the cancer was diagnosed Dec. 21 after a biopsy 10 days earlier. The 24-year-old from Quebec will miss the rest of the 2018-19 season.

Parrot won a slopestyle silver medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games and is a five-time X Games champion.

Parrot said he underwent his first of 12 chemotherapy sessions last week. The cancer attacks part of the immune system and is most often seen in people aged 20 to 40.

Former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with the disease in 1993, at age 28, and returned to play that season.