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Maltais, Ricker take snowboardcross silver

(L-R) Dominique Maltas and Maelle Ricker of Canada take the podium in second place in the ladies' team snowboardcross at the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup on December 17, 2011 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Canadians Dominique Maltais and Maelle Ricker won silver on Saturday in the only team snowboardcross event of the World Cup season.

Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Que., and Ricker of West Vancouver, B.C., finished behind France's Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Deborah Anthonioz. Americans Lindsey Jacobellis and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof placed third.

On the men's side, France's Pierre Vaultier and Xavier De le Rue took gold. Jonathan Cheever and Nick Baumgartner of the United States were second and Norway's Joachim Havikhagen and Stian Sivertzen won bronze.

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In team snowboardcross, two riders form a team. The start gate automatically opens for the second snowboarder as soon as the first rider crosses the finish line.

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