Canadian snowboarders complete strong Olympic Games

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February 22, 2014, KRASNAYA POLYANA (ISN) – Jasey-Jay Anderson of Lac-Superieur, Que., was hoping his final event at his fifth Olympic Games would last a bit longer on Saturday as he was eliminated in the round of 16 in the men’s parallel slalom snowboard competition.

The 2010 Olympic champion in the parallel giant slalom, Anderson lost to Zan Kosir of Slovenia by 0.44 seconds over two runs in the opening dual round.

“I changed my settings in the round of 16 because the snow was softer and I wanted my board to have a bit more energy,” said Anderson, 38, who competed at his first Olympics in 1998 when snowboard became an official Games event.

“But it had more energy than I expected and that caught me off guard. I pretty much lost the race on the first run at the third gate.”

Michael Lambert of Toronto was also eliminated in the round of 16 losing his dual to Vic Wild of Russia.

The two Canadians were beaten by the eventual gold and silver medallists.

Wild completed a golden sweep of the alpine events in Sochi defeating Kosir by 0.11 seconds in the Big Final. Benjamin Karl of Austria was third.

In the women’s parallel slalom, Ariane Lavigne of Lac-Supérieur was 17th in qualifying and missed a berth in the round of 16 by a mere 0.06 seconds.

”It’s the most frustrating position,” said Lavigne. ”It’s too bad I didn’t reach the duals. I’m always more competitive at that stage in a head-on battle.”

Caroline Calvé of Lachine, Que., and Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., were 26th and 27th.

Julia Dujmovits of Austria overcame a 0.72 seconds deficit after the first run to defeat Anke Karstens of Germany for the gold. Amelie Kober of Germany was third.

Canadian snowboarders won two medals at these Games. Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-St-François, Que., took silver in women’s snowboard cross and Mark McMorris of Regina earned bronze in men’s slopestyle.

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