Red-hot Maltais on podium again at snowboard cross World Cup
Canada’s Dominique Maltais is now four-for-four in World Cup podium finishes this season after a silver medal performance Sunday’s snowboard cross race.
Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic won the six-woman Big Final for the gold medal edging Maltais in second and Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S., in third. Maltais leads the overall World Cup standings with 3,400 points.
‘’It was a great to have probably the top-six-riders in the world right now all in the Big Final,’’ said Maltais. ‘’That doesn’t happen too often. So I really wanted to show them my speed. I did that for three quarters of the race and I’m really pleased with the performance.’’
Maltais in fact led most of the way until she was passed by the Czech Rider near the bottom of the course.
‘’I made a major error,’’ said Maltais. ‘’The course was pretty chewed up after being perfect all weekend and I lost some control. Still you have to give Eva credit, we were side-by-side the whole way and without my error it would be have been very close at the finish.’’
It was Maltais’s 35th career World Cup medal and her fourth this season. She won Saturday’s race here and was also second at two World Cup stops before Christmas.
Olympic champion Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., was also in the Big Final and was sixth.
Eliminated in preliminaries were Zoe Bergermann of Acton, Ont., Carle Brenneman of Whistler and Tess Critchlow of Kelowna, B.C., who were 25, 26th and 27th. The top -24 advanced to the elimination round. Michelle Brodeur of Calgary was 32nd.
The Canadian men had their best day overall this season with Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., a bronze medallist at the season opener last month, reaching the Big Final and placing sixth. Christopher Robanske of Calgary won the small final for seventh overall to equal his best result this season while Robert Fagan of Squamish was 12th.
Jake Holden of Caledon, Ont., was 19th, and rookie Baptiste Brochu of Saguenay, Que., 43rd. The top-48 in qualifying advanced to the elimination rounds.
Omar Visintin of Italy won the gold.
Caroline Calvé top Canadian at World Cup parallel slalom
Caroline Calvé of Lachine, Que., was the top Canadian Sunday at a snowboard World Cup parallel slalom race placing 13th. Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., was also in the final taking 16th place. Ariane Lavigne of Lac-Supérieur, Que., was 25th.
Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland won the gold.
On the men’s side, Matthew Morison of Blackstock, Ont., was 24th, Jasey-Jay Anderson of Lac-Supérieur 27th, Matthew Carter of Maryhill, Ont., 31st and Indrik Traham of Trois-Rivières, Que., 33rd.
Vic Wild of Russia was the winner.