The Associated Press - Sunday Dec. 8, 2013 10:28 ET

Canada grabs silver in men's snowboard cross team event

Women's team with a near-miss in 4th place

Kevin Hill celebrates after Canada secured a medal Sunday in Austria. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press)

Germany won the first men's snowboard World Cup cross team event of the season on Sunday ahead of Canada, while Italy edged the United States for victory in the women's competition.  

Konstantin Schad and Paul Berg won the men's final in Montafon, Austria ahead of Canadian duo Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., and Jake Holden of Caledon, Ont.. Luca Matteotti and Michele Godino earned third place for Italy.  

It is the second medal of the weekend for Hill, who took bronze in Saturday's men's race.

Italy's Raffaella Brutto and Michela Moioli defeated Lindsey Jacobellis and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof of the United States in a close women's final.

Chloe Trespeuch and Nelly Moenne Loccoz of France took third.  

Carle Brenneman of Comox, B.C., and Zoe Bergermann of Acton, Ont., settled for fourth place.

Thomas and Mitch Pitman of Warfield, B.C. were 15th in the men's event Sunday, 

The next World Cup snowboard cross event is scheduled for Lake Louise, Alta., on Dec. 20-21.

 --With files from

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