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Switzerland completes comeback to top Norway in team skiing World Cup finals

Wendy Holdener and Daniel Yule won the last two runs to help Switzerland come from behind and beat Norway in the final of the team skiing at the World Cup Finals on Friday.

Canada falls in small final to finish 4th for country's top World Cup result in team event

(From L) Switzerland's alpine ski team members celebrate with the trophy after winning their event at the World Cup finals on Friday in Soldeu, Andorra. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

Wendy Holdener and Daniel Yule won the last two runs to help Switzerland come from behind and beat Norway in the final of the team skiing at the World Cup finals on Friday.

The tie ended 2-2, with Switzerland being awarded the victory thanks to better aggregate run times. The winning team also consisted of Aline Danioth and Ramon Zenhaeusern.

Switzerland, which is the world and Olympic champion in the discipline, was 2-0 down in the final against Olympic bronze medalist Norway when Holdener defeated Mina Fuerst Holtmann and Yule edged Sebatian Foss-Solevaag, who was left with no chance after losing a ski pole early in his run.

In the semifinals, Switzerland rallied to beat Germany 3-1 while Norway got the same result against Canada, which upset Austria 4-0 in the previous round.

Canada earns country's best-ever result

Germany finished third after beating Canada in the small final.

Competing for Canada were Erin Mielzynski of Collingwood, Ont., Laurence St-Germain of St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que, Benjamin Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., and Calgary's Trevor Philp.

Canada defeated Andorra in the first round before sweeping Austria in the quarter-finals. 

The team was led by Thomsen, who competed in dual slalom after no participating in the event for six years.

"The team came together and did very well. It was a bit upsetting walking away with the wooden spoon today, but it shows you can't count the Canadians out - even when they are using a downhiller in slalom," said Thomsen.

Friday's fourth-place finish was Canada's best-ever result at the World Cup.

"In each round we fought and we fought hard. We made mistakes, but we never backed down. Thomsen was our MVP," said Mielzynski.

The United States did not compete in the nine-nation event, which is a parallel giant slalom competition with teams consisting of two men and two women. Each skier competes against one opponent from the other team in a one-run format. The team winning the most runs wins the tie. In case of 2-2, the added run times decide.

The team event has been part of the World Cup Finals since 2006. Switzerland has won it a record four times, while Austria and Sweden triumphed on three occasions.

The World Cup finals continue with the women's slalom and the men's giant slalom on Saturday.

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