Gold for Maltais, Vaultier

Sat, 18 Dec 00:45:00 2010

Canada's Dominique Maltais and Frenchman Pierre Vaultier claimed victories in the third World Cup snowboard cross of the 2011 season in Colorado.

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Maltais continued her perfect start to the season with a third straight victory from three events, crossing the line almost a second clear of Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova in second place, and fellow Canadian Maelle Ricker in third.

"This is fantastic, just incredible," 30-year-old Maltais said.

"I didn't think that three wins in three starts could be possible. I won each race by a large margin. I was really fast on the course, and really happy that everything went well."

In the mens, meanwhile, Pierre Vaultier claimed gold by a far narrower margin - crossing the line a nose ahead of the USA's Seth Wescott in a photo-finish.

Double Olympic gold-medallist Wescott led from the first turn, repeatedly resisting Vaultier's attacks until the final few feet when the 23-year-old Frenchman finally hauled in his man at the last possible moment.

“That was amazing,” a jubilant Vaultier said. “I guess that was the greatest finish I ever had. We went down just side by side. In the end, I pushed my front foot further and won.”


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