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Canadians fly high at X Games

Gold for Turski, McMorris, Maltais, Del Bosco, Danniels, Groenewoud

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Saturday was a big day for Canada.

In ski superpipe, Roz Groenewoud defended teammate Sarah Burke's X Games title. She was sitting in third after her first run, but came back with a huge run that including a big straight air (14 feet), back-to-back 900 tricks a switch 720 and a switch 540.

Groenewoud also dedicated her run to Burke:

"I just let all that love lift me up," she said. "I definitely had my teammate with me today, she's been with me for so long."

Americans Maddie Bowman and Brita Sigourney were second and third. Also for Canada, Keltie Hansen was sixth, Dara Howell seventh and Megan Gunning eighth.

In the men's ski superpipe, Canada's Noah Bowman had the run of his life after being called in at the last minute as an alternate. His run included a new trick called an alley-oop double 900 that he literally only perfected the day before, propelling him to the finals first and to the second spot on the podium between Americans David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace.

"Well, I just learned that trick a couple of days ago and it seems to be working out, so I'm going to stick with it," said the 19-year-old Bowman.

Mike Riddle was seventh for Canada, but was hoping for more until he pulled his ski off in his final run while making a grab. Justin Dorey was eighth, dislocating his shoulder after a fall on his second run.

In women’s snowboardcross, Canada earned two medals with Dominique Maltais and Maëlle Ricker placing first and third overall, with Bulgaria’s Alexandra Jokova splitting the two.

While Maltais is an overall World Cup champion she had never won an X Games medal before Saturday.

"Winning at the X Games was one of my goals this year and I'm really happy to have achieved it," she said. "I have been to the X Games three times and this is my first win at this major event."

For Ricker, a third at X Games represents her first podium since returning from a knee and shoulder injury she sustained at the World Championships in January 2011. She's been improving from week to week.

"It feels good to be back on the podium," she said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself this week. Even if I'm not totally happy with the way I rode, I couldn't be happier with the result."

The Canadian men's snowboardcross team has been rebuilding after the retirement of several athletes, and none of the racers qualified for the final — despite Rob Fagan posting the top time in the qualifier. Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner and Jayson Hale of the U.S. took the podium after avoiding a crash on course.

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