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Canadian Duncan strikes again in skicross World Cup; Thompson takes silver

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SAN CANDIDO, Italy -- Canadian Dave Duncan is hitting his stride just in time for the Winter Olympics.

Duncan of London, Ont., won his second skicross World Cup in as many days on Sunday, rocketing him to the top of the men's rankings and qualifying him for the Sochi Games in February.

"From the outhouse to the penthouse," said Duncan, who skied on the international circuit for five years before winning his first World Cup on Saturday. "It's pretty hard to sum up everything that's happened this weekend. It's an incredible feeling.

"I know that's a troublesome word, but the truth of it is that describes how much this means to me to get that first win and not even have to wait 24 hours to get a second one. I mean, this is the stuff you dream of."

Duncan finished ahead of Austria's Andreas Matt and Germany's Daniel Bohnacker. Calgary's Brady Leman was fourth in the final after a mid-air collision knocked him off course.

"In the final I was battling, trying to move up," said Leman. "I was fourth for a bit, third for a bit, I was really battling with Andy Matt and in the end we kind of got tangled up and then I missed a gate and that was it."

In women's competition, Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., finished second behind Switzerland's Katrin Mueller. German teammates Heidi Zacher and Anna Woerner were third and fourth, respectively.

The silver medal kept Thompson atop the overall women's rankings.

"Today was just awesome," said Thompson. "I just won every start and really showed where my skiing's at... It just goes to show that all that training I did this summer is paying off.

"I'm just feeling really great."

Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., won the small final, placing fifth overall.

Canada's skicross team made the podium fives times over the weekend, bumping several of its members into contention for spots at the Olympics.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 23, 2013 C4

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