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Robanske wins men's snowboard, Maltais earns women's silver

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The Canadian Press
2/2/2013 2:22:44 PM
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BLUE MOUNTAIN, Ont. -- Chris Robanske of North Vancouver, B.C., won the men's World Cup snowboard cross event at Blue Mountain on Saturday.

Robanske became the first Canadian to win a men's snowboard cross gold medal since Drew Neilson in 2007.

Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint Francois, Que., captured the silver medal in the women's race.

Robanske posted a top time in qualifying Friday but lost momentum off of an early jump in the final to stand just behind the pack.

But while all four racers remained within close proximity, Robanske made a strong toe-side cut and managed to slip ahead.

Once in the lead, Robanske maintained a slight cushion on the other three racers through the middle of the course.

After a controlled jump near the end, he managed to fend off his opponents and record his first World Cup win.

Australia's Alex Pullin was second, ahead of American Nick Baumgartner.

Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic captured the gold medal in the women's race while France's Nelly Moenne Loccoz finished third.

Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., was fourth.

Ricker stood second early in the race behind Samkova, who was first in qualifying and also won her quarter-final and semifinal events.

Maltais took an inside track and managed to pass both Samkova and Ricker on the first half of the course.

But Ricker lost an edge and went down and was unable to make up the lost ground.

Samkova passed Maltais on a turn halfway down the course and was able to hold on for the win.

Dominique Maltais (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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