Canada's Calve posts 1st snowboard World Cup win
Quebec athlete downs Germany's Kober by 3.2 seconds in parallel giant slalom final
Caroline Calve raced to her first World Cup snowboard victory Wednesday, claiming the first-ever gold medal for a Canadian woman in the event.
The 33-year-old from Aylmer, Que., won the parallel giant slalom event Wednesday in Carezza, Italy, beating Amelie Kober of Germany by 3.2 seconds in the final.
"It was my goal to be the first Canadian woman in alpine snowboard to win a World Cup," Calve said. "I haven't been the most consistent person riding out there, but I always felt I could do this.
"To do it finally is really good."
Austrian Marion Kreiner beat Julie Zogg to take third place.
Calve was fortunate to make it through the quarter-finals, making up a deficit of 1.22 seconds thanks to a mistake by rival Claudia Riegler of New Zealand to lead by just 0.01 seconds.
"I wasn't thinking about podiums or finishing any position today," Calve said. "I was concentrating on each run. I was trying to do my best all day long.
"It was a tough course. It wasn't the kind of course where people [were] having perfect runs. It was always having mistakes and having to recover quickly from them."
Roland Fischnaller of Italy won the men's race after Benjamin Karl crashed during his second run.
Karl was 0.09 seconds ahead of Fischnaller after the first run, but the World Cup leader crashed halfway down to hand Fischnaller his first win in the discipline after finishing second twice.
It was Fischnaller's fourth career World Cup victory overall and second this season.
Rok Flander of Slovenia was third after beating Austrian Andreas Prommegger in the small final.
Karl still tops the overall standings, 10 points ahead of Fischnaller.