Dominique Maltais wins gold in snowboarding

Canada's Dominique Maltais competes during the women's Snowboard-Cross FIS World Cup competition in...

Canada's Dominique Maltais competes during the women's Snowboard-Cross FIS World Cup competition in Stoneham, Quebec, February 21, 2012. Maltais finished seventh. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:22 PM ET

Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Que. native Dominque Maltais shredded the packed powder Saturday for a golden prize.

She claimed first in the first snowboard cross event of the year in Montafon, Austria, defending her women’s world cup title.

“I worked hard all summer, practised to stay strong and be comfortable when passing,” Maltais said.

Her efforts were reflected in the final showdown against Italy’s Raffaella Brutto, Austria’s Belle Brockhoff and France’s Nelly Moenne at the 961-metre Seebliga course.

“I was fighting with (Brutto) all the way,” said Maltais. “There were a couple of passes but I passed her about 100 metres before the finish.”

Picking up the silver was Brutto and Brockhoff of Austria claimed bronze.

“It was a great performance,” said head coach Rene Brunner. “All summer she trained well. All that hard work paid off.”

Three other Canadians competed at Seebliga, Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C. (13th), Carle Breeneman of Comox, B.C. (16th) and Jade Critchlow of Kelowna, B.C. (20th).

Another Canadian, Michelle Brodeur of Calgary was unable to race after suffering a concussion on Friday.


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