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Canada's Dominique Maltais golden in snowboard cross

Canada's Dominique Maltais won gold and teammate Maelle Ricker took the bronze at a snowboard cross World Cup on Saturday in Arosa, Switzerland.

Maelle Ricker takes World Cup bronze

Dominique Maltais, left, cheers after winning the race in Arosa, Switzerland on Saturday. (Samuel Truempy/Associated Press)

Canada's Dominique Maltais won gold and teammate Maelle Ricker took the bronze at a snowboard cross World Cup on Saturday in Arosa, Switzerland.

Maltais, from Petite-Riviere-Saint Francois, Que., led from start to finish to extend her lead in the race for the Crystal Globe.

"It was a close final so I tried to focus on my own line," Maltais said. "I'm really happy."

Italy's Michela Moioli held off Ricker, the reigning world and Olympic champion from Squamish, B.C., for second place.

World champion Alex Pullin of Australia won the men's final by beating American Nate Holland in a photo finish. Lucas Eguibar of Spain won bronze.

Jake Holden of Caledon, Ont., was the top Canadian in 10th place.

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