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Canada's Jamie Jay Anderson wins PGS gold

Canada's Jasey Jay Anderson

Another gold for Canada in snowboard slalom

Canada's Jasey Jay Anderson won gold in the men's snowboarding parallel giant slalom with an astonishing comeback in bad conditions on Cypress Mountain.

The 34-year-old, competing in his fourth and final Games, trailed world champion Benjamin Karl by 0.76 seconds after the first of the two-race final.

But Anderson caught the eventual silver medallist with a faultless second run.

France's Mathieu Bozzetto took bronze after Stanislav Detkov made an error at the start gate during their second run.

The start of Bozzetto and Detkov's second run had to be delayed because heavy rain had caused the start gate to malfunction.

It proved costly for Detkov as the Russian barged his gate, which consequently failed to open, allowing Bozzetto a trouble-free run to the finishing line.

In thick fog and heavy rain, Anderson had no such trouble at the start and quickly made up time against race favourite Karl of Austria.

The Canadian, who had never won an Olympic medal, had drawn level with the Karl by the middle of the course and went on to finish 0.35 seconds ahead of the silver medallist.

"I had so much time to make up, and in these conditions it's virtually impossible," said Anderson, who is a blueberry farmer during the summer.

"I just thought, a true athlete thrives on adversity. So I tried to be a true athlete. I love being in that situation where I have to rise above the challenge."

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