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Rise the Canadians did in the last week of regular World Cup competition, with the team heading to the finals in Italy this week. Italy, the host of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, is hosting World Cup finals in alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, freestyle and the Olympics this year.
In Are, Sweden Kristi Richards ended her medal drought to win a silver medal — her best performance of the season after winning two bronze medals at the start of the season.
The gold went to Aiko Uemura of Japan, her third straight win, while Emiko Torito of the U.S. won her third consecutive bronze medal.
Maximi Dufour-Lapointe was sixth for Canada, while her younger sister Chloe placed 10 th . Audrey Robichaud was 11 th .
For the men, Whistler’s Dale Begg-Smith — competing for Australia — won gold, edging out Nathan Roberts of the U.S. and Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan. Alex Bilodeau was the top Canadian in sixth place, Pierre-Alexandre Roussea was 14 th and Warren Tanner of West Vancouver 16 th .
In dual moguls, Vincent Marquis shrugged off a disappointing result the day before to earn a bronze medal. Dmitriy Reiherd took the gold, upsetting World Cup points champion Dale Begg-Smith in the final dual of the day.
“Yesterday I didn’t ski well at all,” said Marquis. “I was charging a lot in practice, then I was caught off-guard by the changing (snow) conditions.
“The result today was good. I wasn’t in the final in the last three contests… so today’s result is a good confidence booster.”
Marquis sits fourth in the overall medals rankings.
Pierre Alexandre-Rousseau placed sixth, Alex Bilodeau was ninth, and Warren Tanner 11 th .
On the women’s side, Richards placed fifth, Chloe and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe were seventh and 10 th and Audrey Robichaud was 12 th .
Aiko Uemura won yet again, defeating Nikola Sudova of Czech Republic in the final dual. Kayla Snyderman of the U.S. won the bronze medal.
In the aerials competition at Davos, Switzerland, Canada’s Steve Omischl won his sixth gold medal out of nine contests this season, while teammate Warren Shouldice picked up the silver medal and his second podium of the season.
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