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Family of dead Canadian skicrosser 'vindicated' by enhanced course safety

TORONTO - The family of a Canadian skicross racer killed two years ago at a World Cup event feels vindicated now that sport authorities no longer blame him for the tragedy and instead have made safety improvements to course design, their lawyer said Monday. Lawyer Tim Danson said the family of Nik Zoricic feels his legacy has become something positive and to be celebrated. "We were not prepared to accept that Nik was responsible for his own death," Danson told The Canadian Press. "We just wanted the truth to be acknowledged."

Canadians satisfied despite missing out on top spot

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canadians are satisfied with having cemented their place among the world's top winter sports nations even though they fell short of the coveted top spot in the Olympics medals table. The Canadians have nine golds so far and can add to that when they meet Sweden in the ice hockey final on Sunday, a match that is sure to draw a huge television audience back home. Canadian chef de mission Steve Podborski detected a more ruthless streak in his athletes.

Olympics: Games a success despite no gold - Australia chief

Australia may not have brought home a gold medal from the Sochi Olympic Games but team chief Ian Chesterman insisted Sunday that the tournament had still been a success. The country's best results came in the so-called extreme sports, with Torah Bright winning a silver in the snowboard halfpipe competition and two medals coming in aerials from David Morris (silver) and Lydia Lassila (bronze). However, as both Bright and Lassila were defending champions, some might have expected more from Australia than a return of just three medals and none the colour of gold.

Marielle Thompson wins gold, Kelsey Serwa wins silver, in women's skicross

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Canadian women have done it again. Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C won a gold medal and Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., captured a silver medal in women's skicross Friday at the Sochi Winter Games. The final pitted the four fastest women in qualifying. Thompson, ranked third, took an early lead against the first-ranked Serwa and never let it slip. Both crossed the finish line ahead of bronze medallist Anna Holmund of Sweden.

Olympics: Women's Freestyle Ski Cross results

Olympics results in Freestyle Ski Cross on Friday: 1. Marielle Thompson (CAN) 2. Kelsey Serwa (CAN) 3. Anna Holmlund (SWE) 4. Ophelie David (FRA) afp

Olympics: Sochi Winter Olympics podiums

Sochi Winter Olympics podiums on Friday (after one of seven gold medal events): WOMEN FREESTYLE Ski Cross Gold: Marielle Thompson (CAN) Silver: Kelsey Serwa (CAN) Bronze: Anna Holmlund (SWE) afp

China's aerial skiers fail to deliver again

By Philip O'Connor ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - China have dominated freestyle aerial skiing for several years and a bronze medal for Jia Zongyang on Monday was a paltry Olympic return for a powerhouse team that had been tipped for a clean sweep in the men's final. One by one, the Chinese contenders fell by the wayside and in the four-man final a spectacular jump by Anton Kushnir of Belarus put a stop to the Chinese challenge once and for all.

Olympics: Kushnir completes Belarus aerials double

Anton Kushnir completed a Belarus double in the aerials competition by winning men's Olympic gold on Monday. Following Alla Tsuper's victory in the women's competition, he also succeeded compatriot Alexei Grishin as Winter Games winner after the defending champion was knocked out in the heats. "I was just lucky today to be honest," said the humble champion. "I like to jump when my competitors are at a high level, it stimulates me.

Olympics: Reigning champion Grishin knocked out of aerials

Defending champion Alexei Grishin was sensationally knocked out of qualifying in the men's Olympic freestyle aerials competition on Monday. The Belarussian messed up his first qualification jump, finishing second last, but in the second-chance second heat, he still couldn't manage a top six finish, ending up eighth, and will not be able to defend his title in Monday night's final. Qualification was led by China with three athletes in the top five in the first heat.

Olympics: Reigning champion Grishin knocked out of aerials

Defending champion Alexei Grishin was sensationally knocked out of qualifying in the men's Olympic freestyle aerials competition on Monday. The Belarussian messed up his first qualification jump, finishing second last, but in the second-chance second heat, he still couldn't manage a top six finish, ending up eighth, and will not be able to defend his title in Monday night's final. Qualification was led by China with three athletes in the top five in the first heat.
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