January 11, 2014, VALLNORD-ARCALIS, Andorra (ISN) – With less than a month to go before the Olympic Games, Canada’s Dominique Maltais won the gold medal in the women’s snowboard cross on Saturday at the third stop on the World Cup circuit.
After posting the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying, the Petite-Riviere-St-François, Que., resident, won her quarterfinal, was second in her semi then prevailed in the six-woman Big Final for the gold.
“I made no major mistakes in the final,” said Maltais, the 2006 Olympic bronze medallist. “I had a great start and was aggressive from top to bottom. In the semifinals, I fell behind but I stayed fully concentrated and calm and was able to come back.”
It was Maltais’ third medal in three World Cups this season and she stands first in the overall standings. It was also her 12th career victory on the circuit. She was also second at both the season opening stop in Montafon, Austria and in Lake Louise.
“There are always areas to improve in each race and I set specific goals for each event,” she said. “I think right now I couldn’t ask for better races heading into Sochi. I’ve had different situations to overcome. Despite the success I won’t rest on my laurels that’s for sure.”
Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria was second and Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S., third.
Olympic champion Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., placed eighth, Carle Brenneman of Whistler 18th and Zoe Bergermann of Acton, Ont., 20th.
On the men’s side, Chris Robanske of Calgary won the small final for a season’s best seventh. Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., was 34th, Robert Fagan of Squamish 35th and Baptiste Brochu of Saguenay, Que., 47th.
Trevor Jacob of the U.S., won the gold.