Olympics Winter

Olympic favourites dominate snowboard event

Dejan Kosir of Slovenia and Isabelle Blanc of France won the gold medals Tuesday in the parallel slalom races at a World Cup snowboard competition at Bad Gastein, Austria.

In the men's final, Kosir defeated Mathias Behounek of Germany for the victory. Kosir moves into second spot in the World Cup PS standings only 340 points behind leader Mathieu Bozzetto of France who placed fifth. Each win is worth 1,000 points. Nicolas Huet of France beat Michael Dabringer of Austria for the bronze.

Canadian entries Jerome Sylvestre of Bromont, Que., a member of the 2002 Olympic team, and Francois Boivin of Jonquiere, Que., did not finish their first run. Jasey-Jay Anderson of Mont-Tremblant, Que., is back in Canada preparing for the Games and is 13th in the World Cup standings.

It was an all-French final in women's parallel slalom as Isabelle Blanc defeated World Cup leader Karine Ruby. Ruby, the Olympic champion in 1998, had won the previous three World Cup PS races this season. Nicolien Sauerbreij of the Netherlands won the bronze.

Canada's only entry Alexa Loo of Whistler was 32nd.

Competition ends Wednesday with the parallel giant slalom, which is one of two snowboarding events at the Olympics. The other is the halfpipe.