(ISN) – CAREZZA, Italy – Canadian national team veterans Caroline Calvé of Gatineau, Que., and Jasey-Jay Anderson of Lac-Supérieur, Que., won silver and bronze respectively on Tuesday at the season opening snowboard World Cup competition.
In the women’s parallel giant slalom, Calvé’s only loss in the elimination round was in the final to Marion Kreiner of Austria. Before the gold medal showdown, Calvé defeated compatriot Ariane Lavigne of Mont-Tremblant, Que., in the round of 16, Anke Karstens of Germany in the quarterfinal and Russia’s Natalia Soboleva in the semis.
”It feels great to finish on the podium,” said Calvé, 36, who became the first Canadian woman to win World Cup gold here in 2011. ‘”I would have liked to finish first, but I think that if I would have been able to choose the blue course, I would have had a better chance. The red course surprised me in the final. But I’m very happy with second place.”
Nadia Ochner of Italy took the bronze. Lavigne wound up 15th and Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., was 13th.
In the men’s PGS, Roland Fischnaller of Italy delighted the home crowd with an easy victory after two-time Olympic medallist Zan Kosir of Slovenia crashed out in the finals.
Anderson, the 2010 Olympic champion, rounded out the podium defeating Rok Marguc of Slovenia in the third place match for his first World Cup medal since 2010.
“I didn’t expect a result like this,” said Anderson, 39. ”But when things are good you can expect the unexpected. This was my kind of race. The snow was forgiving, you could be very aggressive, and you had to be precise. I was pretty comfortable today.”
Darren Gardner of Burlington was 34th in qualifying and did not advance to the elimination round.
The FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour continues with a parallel slalom and the first ever parallel team event in Montafon, Austria on December 18-19.