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Maltais wins snowboarding World Cup in Andorra

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According to the Canadian Press, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint Francois, Quebec won a gold medal on Saturday at a women's World Cup snowboard cross competition in Vallnord, Andorra.

The victory by Maltais is significant because it comes a month from the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Maltais beat Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria in the final with Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States finishing in third place.

Maltais, who won the bronze medal in women's snowboard cross at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, has now won 12 World Cup competitions in her career. She goes into Sochi as a serious medal contender, along with the reigning Olympic and World champion, Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The best women's snowboard cross competitors will have one more World Cup competition in Andorra on Sunday--the last before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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