Kilner makes pre-Olympic statement

British snowboarder Ben Kilner has captured his first ever FIS World Cup podium finish, just 12 days before the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


The 21-year-old collected bronze at the halfpipe World Cup in Calgary – the last Canadian city to host a Winter Olympics, 22 years ago.

Kilner collected 600 points to improve on his previous best World Cup performance of ninth in Valmalenco, Italy, last March.

The performance takes Kilner from 99th position in the overall World Cup standings to an impressive 43rd and puts him in 16th in the halfpipe discipline ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Gold went to France’s Arthur Longo – his first ever World Cup victory – while silver was taken by Canada’s Justin Lamourex.

Finland’s Janne Korpi and Antti Autti as well as Japan’s Kazuhiro Kokubo, who occupy the top three positions in the overall standings, were not in attendance.

Meanwhile, in the women’s event, gold went to Zhifeng Sun of China as she edged out compatriot Xuetong Cai, while Australia’s Holly Crawford collected bronze.

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