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Canada's Maltais takes silver in women's snowboard cross

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2/16/2014 6:59:04 AM
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Canada's Dominique Maltais won the silver medal in the Olympic women's snowboard cross event in Sochi on Sunday.

It's the second Olympic podium for Maltais, a native of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Que., who was the bronze medallist at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

"In the final I just wanted to go full on," said Maltais. "Today was my day. I'm so so happy it's done and I made it and I finished on the podium."

In 2010, Maltais crashed during her final Olympic training run, failed to advance past the elimination stage and finished in 20th place.

"It's a good revenge for Vancouver," said Maltais "I wanted to prove to the world that I could do better than in Vancouver. I wanted to enjoy everything, especially this one as I knew it will be the last one. I never tried so hard as I did for this."

Canada now has 14 medals at the Games. Earlier in the day, alpine skier Jan Hudec took bronze in the men's super-G.

Eva Samkova, 20, of the Czech Republic won the women's snowboard cross gold in her first Olympic Games.  The win marked the Czechs' first ever Olympic medal in snowboarding.

Chloe Trespeuch of France, also making her Olympic debut, took the bronze.

"I just wanted to be confident with myself," said Samkova. "I couldn't imagine this - it was very fortunate for me."

Samkova, known for competing with a mustache drawn on her face, chose red, white and blue for Sunday's race.

"It's a lucky moustache. Today it's in national colours."

Reigning Olympic champion Maëlle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., crashed in her quarter-final heat and finished 21st.

"I was off rhythm today right out of the gate," said Ricker. "I'm half proud of my effort and half disappointed and shocked."

The 35-year-old snowboard suffered a compounded fracture in her left forearm while training in Aspen, Colo,. and underwent surgery less than three weeks ago.

"I just want to say that I'm really proud of our Canadian Olympic Committee and Canada Snowboard for everything they've done to help get me back in the gate today," she said.

"Without them this definitely wouldn't be possible and all the support from all Canadians as well - everybody had my back. I'm sorry."

Medal favourite Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. went down in the semifinal and won the small final to finish seventh.

Two other snowboarders were also hurt in qualifying crashes.

Dominique Maltais (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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