December 14, 2013, CAREZZA, Italy (ISN) – Caroline Calvé of Lachine, Que., won the gold medal in the parallel slalom on Saturday at a World Cup snowboard competition.
Calvé, a member of the 2010 Olympic team, defeated Ekaterina Tudegesheva of Russia in the gold medal final by 0.06 seconds It was the Canadian’s third career World Cup victory and the second time she has topped the field in Carezza.
”I really won the final on the bottom of the course,” said Calvé, who also won here in 2011 and in Moscow this past February. ”I had raced on the blue course in all the rounds and had really understood it. I worked hard on the flats and showed a lot of endurance.”
After placing fifth in qualifying, Calvé defeated Ekaterina Ilyukhina of Russia in the round of 16, Ina Meschik of Austria in the quarterfinals and Nadia Ochner of Italy in the semifinal.
”The victory against the Austrian was a big one for me,” said Calvé ”She was ranked higher than me in qualification and I knew I needed a perfect run to beat her.”
The other Canadian women did not get past qualifying. Ariane Lavigne of Lac-Supérieur, Que., was 27th, Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., 30th and Ekaterina Zavialova of Calgary 40th.
In men’s parallel slalom, Sylvain Dufour of France took the gold, Alexander Payer of Austria was second and Lukas Mathies of Austria third.
Matthew Morison of Blackstock, Ont., was the only Canadian to get past the preliminaries and finished 13th.
Jasey-Jay Anderson of Lac-Supérieur was 32nd, Michael Lambert of Toronto 37th, Matthew Carter of Maryhill, Ont., 39th, Steve Barlow of Courtice, Ont., 43rd and Sébastien Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Que., 53rd.
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