Canadas Anderson wins gold at snowboard world championship

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HOENGSEONG, South Korea Veteran racer Jasey-Jay Anderson captured a gold medal at the world snowboard championships Tuesday, securing his spot on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team.

The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., finished first in the parallel giant slalom and was joined on the podium by fellow Canadian Matthew Morison of Burketon, Ont., who earned a bronze medal in the event.

Sylvain Dufour of France finished second while Benjamin Karl of Austria was fourth.

The win ensures that Anderson will compete on home snow at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Although not expected, the goal was definitely to win today, said the 33-year-old. Qualifying to the team selection process for the Olympic Games is a big relief off my shoulders.

Anderson, a 16-year veteran of the Canadian team, said his experience played a role in his victory.

There is clear talent that needs to be used to get through the course, not once but eight times to win the gold medal, said Anderson. For me, the past 15 years of experience came into play today. My old body is still taking care of me.

Morison barely made it through the qualifiers but improved his racing as the day progressed to finally compete in the bronze medal race.

It was awesome today, he said. To be able to ride so well at the world championships proves that we are ready to compete at major events, and be contenders for the victory.

Michael Lambert of Toronto finished eighth.

On the womens side, Marion Kreiner raced to gold, beating fellow Austrian Doris Guenther in the final. Switzerlands Patricia Kummer was third and Japans Tomoka Takeuchi finished fourth.

Caroline Calve of Aylmer, Que., was the top Canadian in 11th place while Alexa Loo of Richmond, B.C., was 12th, Kimiko Zakreski of Calgary was 32nd and Ekatarina Zavialova of Calgary was 38th.

The competition at Hyundai Sungwoo Resort in Gangwon Province is the first snowboard world championships held in Asia, with 614 athletes from 45 countries registered to compete in five disciplines: snowboardcross, parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom, half pipe and big air.

Austrias Markus Schairer and Helene Olafsen of Norway won the first golds of the championship in the snowboardcross competition Sunday.

- With files from The Associated Press



Organizations: Olympic Games, Hyundai Sungwoo Resort, The Associated Press

Geographic location: Mont-Tremblant, Burketon, France Austria Vancouver Calgary Toronto Aylmer Richmond Gangwon Province Asia Norway

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