Snowboarding

Kate Pettersen - Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014 02:55 ET

Kevin Hill, Chris Robanske crash out of men's snowboard cross

Hill goes down in semis, Robanske in quarters

Canada's Kevin Hill competes in men's snowboard cross 1/8 finals in Sochi
Canada's Kevin Hill, left, and Australia's Alex Pullin compete in the men's snowboard cross 1/8 Finals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday in Sochi. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kevin Hill crashed out of the Olympic men's snowboard cross semifinals on Tuesday, while fellow Canadian Chris Robanske went down in the quarter-finals.

Hill went on to finish second in the small final to place eighth overall.

"Coming here and racing in the Olympics, I treat it just like another race," said Hill. "I know it's a bigger  picture than that. I was calm, collected and I had a blast."

Pierre Vaultier of France won gold, Nikolay Olyunin of Russia captured the silver medal and American Alex Deibold took bronze.

"There was huge tension in the final," said Vaultier. "The riders were saying, 'let's go guys, no injuries.' I felt a huge amount of pressure at the top of the final."

"What's happening to me is just incredible. Fifteen days ago I was doing eveything and working for this."

Robanske, from Calgary, was considered Canada's top medal hopeful in the event.

"Not necessarily the best rider wins every day," said Robanske. "It's usually the smartest guy out there. It's a shame. I am riding so well right now. I wish I could have put it together throughout the whole day."

Jake Holden of Caledon, Ont., and Rob Fagan of Cranbrook, B.C., did not advance past the 1/8 finals.

Three-time Olympian Nate Holland of the United States also failed to move past the 1/8 finals, while world champion Alex Pullin of Australia was eliminated in the quarter-finals.

World Cup standings leader Omar Visintin had the lead in his semifinal run before crashing with another rider. Visintin was taken off the course on a stretcher. There was no immediate word on his condition.

 

 

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