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Maltais wins Olympic silver in women's snowboard cross

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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec won a silver medal on Sunday in the women's snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Maltais successfully got through her quarterfinal and semi-final heats. In her semi-final heat, Maltais got through an action packed heat with two significant crashes. One of the victims was American Lindsey Jacobellis, who was a pre-race favourite.

In the final, Maltais found herself behind eventual gold medalist Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic in the early going, but generated significant separation between herself and the rest of the field, and by halfway down the race an Olympic medal seemed to be without question. Chloe Trespeuch of France meanwhile won the Olympic bronze medal.

This is the second Olympic medal in Maltais's career. She won a bronze medal in the women's snowboard cross at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.

Meanwhile, reigning Olympic champion Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, fell in the quarterfinals and did not advance.

Canada now has won won 14 Olympic medals--four gold medals, six silver medals and four bronze medals. They are in fourth place in the overall medal standings behind the United States, Russia and Norway.

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