The Canadian snowboard team wrapped up its international season with a stellar performance at the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup finals last weekend at Furano, Japan.
The first event was the snowboardcross on Friday, where Dominique Maltais earned her second gold medal of the season as well as the overall snowboardcross title.
Her win came just one week after Swedish rider Jonatan Johansson was killed in training for a Lake Placid snowboardcross. All of the athletes wore black ribbons to honour Johansson, who died of internal injuries after crashing to the ground off a jump on an icy course. The Lake Placid event was cancelled.
"Everything went well right from the start," said Maltais of her day. "In the final I went for broke. I was fast from top to bottom.
"After the Olympics it wasnt easy to hit the road again and get motivated to compete, especially after a rider died last week in the U.S."
Along with another gold medal, Maltais is heading home to Quebec with the World Cup globe, and a bronze medal from the first ever Olympic snowboardcross.
"I cant ask for a better (season)," she said. "Now Im anxious to get home."
Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. was second in the last heat while Sandra Frei was third. Whistlers Maëlle Ricker finished fourth, and ended her season ranked second overall in snowboardcross.
Erin Simmons of West Vancouver also qualified for the World Cup finals, where she finished 14 th .
In the mens snowboardcross final, Michal Novotny of Czech Republic won his first gold of the season, followed by Marco Huser of Switzerland, and Jasey Jay Anderson of Mont Tremblant. Andersons 600 points also put him on top of the snowboardcross standings for the third time. He now has three career snowboardcross globes, and seven globes in snowboarding.
"In the final I battled hard for third place," said Anderson. "I was fourth most of the race, until the last jump where I was able to get by my rival who was continually blocking me. I was expecting at best a top-eight today.
"I was good enough this season to win the globe but it wasnt a great season. One win, two medals, isnt very good. There was a different winner in each race this season. I was the most consistent among the inconsistent."
Anderson also wrapped up his season by voicing a few complaints about the way the sport is going. Riders complaining about being bumped, elbowed and nudged out by other riders who are getting away with it.