Double gold for Canadian men's, women's snowboard teams at World Para event

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Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont., staked Canada's men's Para snowboard team to a 0.55-second lead in Saturday's four-team final and then watched Tyler Turner secure the victory at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/File - image credit)
Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont., staked Canada's men's Para snowboard team to a 0.55-second lead in Saturday's four-team final and then watched Tyler Turner secure the victory at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/File - image credit)

Tyler Turner and Alex Massie won by 0.96 seconds to take the men's snowboard competition for Canada at the World Para Snow Sports Championships on Saturday, while the women's squad created a wider winning margin in Lillehammer, Norway.

Para alpine skier Michaela Gosselin of Collingwood, Ont., also turned in a bronze medal effort — her first podium finish in Norway — in women's standing slalom to push Canada's medal total to 15, including three gold.

Massie of Barrie, Ont., put Canada in front by 0.55 seconds in the final while Turner's effort in the second run held off Masataka Oiwane of Japan.

"'Incredible. I've been chasing this one for eight years,'' Massie said in a news release one day after grabbing silver in the banked slalom event. "It's so good to finally sing my national anthem.

"I come from a hockey and a football background, so I'm used to having a teammate to rely on. It took a lot of the pressure off at the start gate knowing that if I mess up, [Tyler's] got a chance to correct my mistakes, so it was a lot of fun."

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Massie and Turner won their snowboard quarter-final by 0.38 seconds and the semifinal by 2.65 seconds.

Saturday's gold was the second of these championships for Turner, who hails from Calgary. He won Canada's first gold in men's snowboard cross.

Team event 'a different feeling'

It was a third medal at these championships for Turner. He won Canada's first gold of the competition on Friday in the men's snowboard cross and bronze in banked slalom.

"The team event is such a different feeling," said Turner. "To do it with a teammate and to celebrate together, it's pretty awesome."

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Japan was second and Great Britain third in the four-team final.

On the women's side, Sandrine Hamel of St-Sauveur, Que. and Saskatoon's Lisa DeJong prevailed by nearly four seconds over the Netherlands, with Switzerland in third.

Hamel gave her teammate a 0.33-second lead after the first run, which DeJong extended to 3.39 seconds.

"It feels absolutely amazing. We've been waiting for this moment so to actually capture it has been so cool," DeJong said.

It represented the first world gold and third medal for DeJong, who earlier took silvers in the women's SB-LL2 dual banked slalom and snowboard cross. Hamel won a bronze in the dual banked slalom.

"We're racing separately so it's fun to be able to team up and win the event," Hamel said. "The boys did really good too so we're really happy with how it ended."

Elsewhere, Toronto's Katie Combaluzier placed fourth in women's sitting slalom.

Competition ends Sunday with the alpine skiing parallel event.

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