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Canadians medal in snowboarding World Cups in Austria

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According to the International Ski Federation website, two Canadians had great success on Saturday in World Cup snowboarding competitions in Montafon, Austria.

Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec won a silver medal in the women's snowboardcross World Cup and Kevin Hill of Vernon, British Columbia won a bronze medal in the men's snowboardcross World Cup.

The positive results by Maltais and Hill are significant because they come just two months before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Maltais finished behind Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic and ahead of Helene Olafsen of Sweden on the podium, while Hill was behind gold medalist Markus Schairer of Austria and Omar Visintin of Italy.

Maltais is a veteran, having won the bronze medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, while Hill earned his first World Cup medal after having previous success at the Winter X Games.

The World Cup snowboardcross circuit now shifts to Lake Louise for World Cups on December 20-21.

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