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Snowboarder Ben Kilner comes third at Calgary World Cup

Ben Kilner
Kilner said he was 'super happy' with the result in Calgary

British snowboarder Ben Kilner reached the podium for the first time in his career in a World Cup half-pipe held in Calgary, Canada.

The 21-year-old, who will compete at the Winter Olympics later this month, finished third behind France's Arthur Longo and Canadian Justin Lamoureux.

Kilner's previous best was ninth in Italy in March 2009, although a number of big names were missing in Calgary.

"I'm in a very good frame of mind going into Vancouver," said Kilner.

"I am super happy," Kilner, from Banchory in Scotland, added on his website. "This has been the best result so far in my snowboarding career."

Kilner, selected in the half-pipe for Team GB alongside Lesley McKenna in the women's event, is currently ranked 16th in the world.

None of the top three competitors in the world rankings took part, with a number of Kilner's Olympic rivals taking time out from the World Cup circuit to compete in the Winter X Games, an invitation-only event held in the American state of Colorado.

United States star Shaun White, 10th in the world rankings, took gold in the equivalent event in Colorado, with world number two Kazuhiro Kokubo of Japan in third.

The men's Olympic half-pipe competition takes place at the Cypress Mountain resort, to the north of Vancouver, on 17 February.

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