Dominique Maltais wins snowboardcross in Spain

Canada's Maelle Ricker (R) hugs her compatriot Dominique Maltais (L) after the women's...

Canada's Maelle Ricker (R) hugs her compatriot Dominique Maltais (L) after the women's Snowboard-Cross finals at the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Stoneham, Quebec, January 26, 2013. Ricker won the competition and Maltais finished second. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

The 2013 snowboardcross season ended on a strong note for Dominique Maltais Friday.

The 32-year-old from Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Que. claimed gold at the Sierra Nevada FIS snowboardcross Word Cup in Spain, giving her the fourth world title of her career.

“I stayed focused, run after run, trying to go faster and to improve myself,” Maltais said of her season. “Not focusing on a particular thing was the key of success today. Yes, the Games are a major event in a career of an athlete, but what I accomplished this season, I’m as proud as if I had an Olympic medal around my neck.“

Joining Maltais on the podium was Maelle Ricker of Squamish, B.C.

Ricker snagged bronze behind France’s Nelly Moenne Loccoz. Carle Brenneman of Whistler, B.C. finished in 20th.

On the men’s side, Rob Fagan of Squamish finished fourth, while Jake Holden from Caldeon, Ont. and Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C. finished 11th and 19th respectively.


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