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Canadians fare poorly in parallel GS at snowboarding worlds

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The Canadian Press
1/25/2013 3:39:22 PM
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STONEHAM, Que. -- Canadians fared poorly in the parallel giant slalom event at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships on Friday.

Olympic gold medallist Jasey-Jay Anderson finished 20th in qualification and failed to advance at the championships, which are taking place at the Stoneham Mountain Resort north of Quebec City.

Matthew Morison of Blackstock, Ont., was the top Canadian on the men's side, finishing 19th.

Toronto's Michael Lambert fell on his second run, while Steve Barlow of Courtice, Ont., ended up 37th.

On the women's side, Caroline Calve of Aylmer, Que., was eliminated after her first run and came in a disappointing 34th.

Calgary's Ekaterina Zavialova finished 24th, Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., was 31st and Ariane Lavigne of Mont-Tremblant, Que., ended up 38th.

Anderson and Calve will be among the atheletes who will try to seek redemption in Sunday's parallel slalom.

On Saturday, Dominique Maltais, Maelle Ricker and Chris Robanske will take part in the snowboard cross event.

The world championships include more than 400 athletes from some 40 countries and will give some Canadians a chance to secure a spot on the Olympic squad with the Sochi Games a year away.

Calve, who had a podium finish in the parallel slalom before the holidays in Italy, already has a spot. So does Maltais, who won the snowboard cross event in Austria at the beginning of the season.

Canada can send a maximum of 24 snowboarders to Russia.

Jasey-Jay Anderson (Photo: Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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