Boarder grabs big air, Canada's fourth medal

There is a new Mike, from Canmore.

Mike Robertson nabbed a silver medal in men's boardercross, or as it is known for Olympic purposes, snowboardcross, losing by about the length of a board to Seth Wescott of the U.S., who passed him in the air as they went over the final jump.

It was close all the way. A second here or a split-second less in the air, and Robertson gives Canada gold medals on home soil on consecutive days.

The final placings was a win-win. The U.S. and Canadian riders finished 1-2 and Nate Holland, whom the boarder community has limited use for, caught a run and spun out, finishing fourth. In other words, it was good American first, Canadian second and nothing for the loud-mouthed Holland.

Robertson's medal is another one that maybe came a little from left field, since Bodog had him at 50-to-1 to win. The thinking coming in was with that Canada's best hopes were represented by Maelle Ricker and Dominique Maltais in women's boardercross, which takes place Tuesday, and by veteran Jasey-Jay Anderson in men's parallel giant slalom.

(In another life, I once had to vote for The Canadian Press end-of-year awards and didn't know who Anderson was when it came time to vote for the country's top male athlete. I am nothing if not well-informed.)

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