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Snowboardcross, halfpipe skiers on the podium

Sarah Burke golden, Barr and McIvor close to podium

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McIvor will not compete in any more events this season, according to her blog.

“We have decided that my best option is to get me home and get my shoulder fixed up,” she wrote. “We all know I’m right in there with the top couple of girls in the world, ability-wise, I just need to get healthy. This way I’ll be able to train hard all summer and go out and charge for a full season before the Olympics.”

Whistler’s Julia Murray also had a good day in her rookie year racing ski cross, but was unlucky to have to face Ophelie David and Meyrll Boulangeat in the same heat. She still managed to finish in ninth place overall.

“It’s always a big deal when on your left is the world number one, and on your right is the world number two, but I learned that I can compete with these women,” she said. “Now that it’s behind me, I know that with each race I gain more confidence with my ability.”

Anik Demers, Canada’s top racer in the world championships last year, had some trouble on the course but still finished 15 th overall.

In the halfpipe event, two Canadian men and one woman made the podium.

On the men’s side, 18-year-old Matthew Hayward from Red Mountain placed first overall, followed by Kevin Rolland of France and 19-year-old Justin Dorey of Silver Star.

“I was really nervous because in the three runs in training I fell down, so to be able to put that run down in competition I was pretty happy,” said Hayward.

The other Canadian in the competition, Mike Riddle, finished his day in 21 st place.

On the women’s side, local skier Sarah Burke posted the top run of the day to take the gold medal, followed by Jennifer Hudak of the U.S. and Swiss skier Mirjam Jaeger. Also from Canada, Rosalind Groenewoud placed fourth.

“It was a good way to start (the season) winning this one,” said Burke, who was also the favourite going into the contest. “It’s a really nice halfpipe and my first two hits were straight airs which were probably my favourite because I could go as big as I could.”

The ski cross team has a second World Cup event in France this weekend before returning to North America for the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. The halfpipe team is also heading to the X-Games in Colorado.

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