Dominique Maltais wins silver in Andorra
Leads overall World Cup snowboard cross standings
Canada’s Dominique Maltais continues to lead the snowboard cross World Cup tour winning silver on Sunday in Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra.
“Today was another great race, two great races in two days,” said Maltais.
“Yesterday, I claimed first and today second, it couldn’t be any better. In the finals, I was leading the race almost all the way down but then I made a mistake. Eva was in great shape today and she deserves the victory.”
Maltais was edged by three-time Junior World Champion Eva Samkova of Czech Republic while American Lindsey Jacobellis rounded out the podium in third.
“It was a perfect day,” said Samkova. “There are some really good girls on this tour. Everyone has been fighting for the win while still enjoying themselves. Today, I just had a very good day. It was really fun, and a very good and fun course. I am extremely happy.”
Olympic champion Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C., finished sixth overall.
On the men’s side, Italy's Omar Visintin proved to be the fastest of the day giving him the lead in the overall World Cup standings.
“It’s a great feeling that after the podium yesterday, I finished first today,” said Visintin. “It’s awesome! My season has been going really well so far. I have never been to Vallnord-Arcalís before. We loved the track and wish to come back!”
Lucas Aguibar of Spain., celebrated a career-best second place finish while Italian rider Luca Matteotti won bronze.
Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., was the fastest Canadian in the men’s event finishing sixth while Chris Robanske of Calgary, Alta., won the small final to finish seventh. Robert Fagan and Jake Holden also had solid outings finishing 12th and 19th respectively.
The snowboard cross World Cup season now begins its Olympic break and will resume in March. Some athletes have been invited to compete at X Games in Aspen, Colo., on Jan. 23, the final event before the Olympic Games in Sochi.
With files from Canada Snowboard and FIS.