Vaultier wins men’s snowboardcross at Olympics

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Pierre Vaultier of France held off hard-charging Nikolay Olyunin of Russia to win gold in men’s Olympic snowboardcross on Tuesday.

Vaultier fended off several advances by Olyunin in the final, drawing clear over the final jumps to victory.

Alex Deibold of the U.S. grabbed bronze after narrowly edging teammate Trevor Jacob in the semifinals.

The event was pushed back a day due to heavy fog, with officials modifying the format to cancel the seedings run and go straight to the elimination rounds.

Conditions weren’t much better 24 hours later.

Snowboard’s version of NASCAR was held in a steady drizzle that slowed the course and made for dicey conditions. Several riders failed to finish due to crashes.

Vaultier was able to escape the chaos and win France’s third gold in Sochi.

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