Canada’s Meryeta O’Dine won a bronze medal in her Olympic debut at Beijing Winter Olympics in the women’s snowboard on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old from Prince George, BC, defeated Belle Brockhoff of Australia in the grand final to claim a spot on the podium.
It marked Canada’s first women’s snowboarding medal since the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Lindsay Jacobellis of the United States won her first gold medal in five Olympics, in a story of redemption after winning silver at the 2006 Olympics in Turin and missing out on a medal in every event. The next Olympics to Beijing.
Chloe Trespeuch of France won the silver medal.
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Fellow Canadian Tess Critchlow narrowly joined O’Dine in the final but finished third in the semi-finals, taking her to the minor final, where she finished second with a sixth place overall.
Zoe Bergermann and Audrey McManiman, also of Canada, reached the quarterfinals in the same event but failed to make the top two in a heated match, ending their lap.
O’Dine made Canada’s team to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics but suffered a concussion two days before her event.
She had the best World Cup of her career right before Pyeongchang 2017-18, reaching one grand final and three minor finals and placing 11th in the snowboarding rankings.
Jacobellis Gold is a redemption story for the US racer. She won the snowboarding event within a few meters in 2006 – it was included in the Olympics for the first time – when she did a game of skateboarding trying to grab her board, only to fall and be overtaken at the line.
–With files from the Canadian Press
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