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Maltais snowboarding great at 33

Dominique Maltais
Dominique Maltais
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According to Andrew Bucholtz of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec may be one of Canada's oldest winter Olympians at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but is snowboarding in top form and has a realistic chance to get on the podium next month.

That is because Maltais recorded a silver medal in Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra on Sunday. It was her second World Cup medal in women's snowboard cross on the weekend following her gold medal on Saturday in Andorra.

In the four World Cup events leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games this season, Maltais has one gold medal and three silver medals. Sunday's champion was Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic with Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States in third place.

However even though Maltais is the current World Cup leader, the bronze medalist from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, and a definite medal threat, there are some great similarities between some various Olympic sports and snowboarding is no different. The bottom line is that snowboarding can create havoc for the competitors and when that exists, unpredictability results.

Still, Maltais has the experience in ssnowboarding to deal with many situations and is a top medal contender.

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