While the Canadian halfpipe team has its hands full figuring out a way to top the best American and Japanese riders, the rest of the world has its hands full figuring out a way to deal with the Canadians in snowboardcross and alpine events.
Led by Squamish's Maëlle Ricker and parallel GS racers Jasey-Jay Anderson and Matthew Morison, Canadian racers earned a total of seven medals at the recent World Cup events in Telluride, Colorado. The medal tally put Canada ahead of all nations in the overall World Cup medal count this season.
The parallel giant slalom races took place first, including a make-up event after an early season race was cancelled.
In the first PGS, Ontario's Matthew Morison placed first, earning his first World Cup win in a year. He out-duelled Benjamin Karl of Austria in the final heat, with Mathieu Bozzetto of France taking the silver after his battle against Andreas Prommegger of Austria.
Quebec's Jasey-Jay Anderson finished a solid fifth, while Ontario's Michael Lambert placed a career-best sixth.
Morison came from behind in his semi-final run against Bozzetto, meeting a 0.25 second deficit with a 0.31 gain to take the gold.
"My equipment was going fast," he said. "I don't usually last very long when there are long delays like today. I felt like I was crashing out there, but I just kept on fighting, fighting for every turn. The conditions held up pretty good. Up top, it was still pretty smooth and you could still cheat the line a little bit.
"I don't really know what the key was today. The equipment is getting better and better and thanks to (team trainer) Anthony Findlay I am stronger than I have ever been - and it's showing."
The women's alpine team also had a great day with Kimiko Zakreski winning bronze, the second podium of her career.
"It's kind of a relief as the Olympics are just around the corner and everyone has been asking me 'have you qualified yet?'" she said.
While Morison gave credit to his physical trainer, Zakreski gave the nod to team psychologist Dr. David Cox for helping her to focus before events and deal with pre-race nerves.
"I was so nervous about the race, I couldn't sleep all of this past week. Dr. Cox told me to focus on the riding and not to worry about the results, to take the time to do visualization, to take a few breaths before the runs."
Teammate Alexa Loo was 25 th and Marianne Leeson 30 th to round out the top 30.
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