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Canada's Calve wins snowboard gold in Italy

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CAREZZA, Italy -- Canadian Caroline Calve won gold in parallel slalom on Saturday in an alpine snowboard World Cup event.

Calve, from Gatineau, Que., claimed her third career World Cup win by edging Russia's Ekaterina Tudegesheva in the final, beating her opponent by just 0.06 seconds. Germany's Selina Joerg took third.

"It's good to have a podium result before the Olympics," said Calve. "But it's my second win within the qualification period so I wasn't that nervous before this race. Now, it's even less stress."

Organizers reset the course for the finals due to the slope conditions. The final course was 340 metres in length and featured 25 gates.

"It was the right decision to re-set the course after the qualification," said Calve. "It made the racing so much more even, easier and more fun."

Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland and Tudegesheva are joint top of the parallel standings. Calve is 40 points behind, in third.

The other Canadian women did not get past qualifying. Ariane Lavigne of Lac-Superieur, Que., was 27th, Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., 30th and Calgary's Ekaterina Zavialova was 40th.

The men's final was even closer as France's Sylvain Dufour secured his second career win by edging out Austria's Alexander Payer by one hundredth of a second. Lukas Mathies, also from Austria, finished third.

Dufour moved into third in the World Cup parallel standings, behind Zan Kosir of Slovenia and Mathies.

Matthew Morison of Blackstock, Ont., was the only Canadian to get past the preliminaries and was 13th.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2013 B16

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