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Holland solidifies Olympic position

The Associated Press

BAD GASTEIN, Austria – Americans Nate Holland and Lindsey Jacobellis won World Cup snowboardcross races Sunday to improve their chances of making the U.S. Olympic team.

Holland of Squaw Valley earned his third career World Cup victory, and first of the season, by defeating Pierre Vaultier of France in the final. Mario Fuchs took third ahead of fellow Austrian Markus Schairer.

Jacobellis beat Helene Olafsen of Norway for her 20th overall win, but her first this season.

“I’m stoked. I definitely needed that. I’ve been in kind of a little slump lately, and this felt great,” Jacobellis said. “It takes off a lot of the pressure that this has happened. It supports my confidence and helps me go into the next one.”

Jacobellis won the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics, and the World Cup victory should guarantee a return trip. The American team will be named at the end of the month.

Vaultier leads the standings with 2,800 points. Robert Fagan of Canada is second with 1,490 points, followed by Holland on 1,480.

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Maelle Ricker of Canada, who finished seventh, leads the standings with 2,360 points. Jacobellis climbed to second place, 830 points behind. Dominique Maltais of Canada is third with 1,460.

Snowboardcross World Cup Results

1. Nate Holland, Squaw Valley.

2. Pierre Vaultier, France.

3. Mario Fuchs, Austria.

4. Markus Schairer, Austria.

Small Final

5. Tony Ramoin, France.

6. Robert Fagan, Canada.

7. Ludovic Guillot-Diat, France.

8. Nick Baumgartner, United States.

Also

19. Shaun Palmer, South Lake Tahoe, eighth-finals.

20. Graham Watanabe, United States, eighth-finals.

24. Ross Powers, United States, eighth-finals.

26. Jonathan Cheever, United States, eighth-finals.

33. Patrick Holland, Squaw Valley, did not qualify for finals.

52. Mark Dierdorff, United States, did not qualify for finals.

56. Seth Westcott, United States, did not qualify for finals.

Snowboardcross World Cup Standings

(After three of 12 events)

1. Pierre Vaultier, France, 2,800 points.

2. Robert Fagan, Canada, 1,490.

3. Nate Holland, United States, 1,480.

4. Seth Wescott, United States, 1,213.7.

5. Markus Schairer, Austria, 1,120.

Also

6. Graham Watanabe, United States, 1,030.

8. Nick Baumgartner, United States, 850.

12. Ross Powers, United States, 698.

22. Shaun Palmer, South Lake Tahoe, 360.

26. Alex Deibold, United States, 240.

30. Patrick Holland, Squaw Valley, 206.

31. J Tomlinson, United States, 150.

33. Jonathan Cheever, United States, 128.8.

42. Jason Smith, United States, 71.

51. Mick Dierdorff, United States, 50.1.

53. Jayson Hale, United States, 40.

62. Robert Mighini, South Lake Tahoe, 28.

68. Alex Tuttle, United States, 17.6.

73. Roger Carver, Placerville, 13.1.

Women

Big Final

1. Lindsey Jacobellis, United States.

2. Helene Olafsen, Norway.

3. Sandra Frei, Switzerland.

4. Nelly Moenne Loccoz, France.

Small Final

5. Mellie Francon, Switzerland.

6. Zoe Gillings, Britain.

7. Maelle Ricker, Canada.

8. Faye Gulini, United States.

Also

16. Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, United States, quarterfinals.

Snowboardcross World Cup Standings

1. Maelle Ricker, Canada, 2,360 points.

2. Lindsey Jacobellis, United States, 1,530.

3. Dominique Maltais, Canada, 1,460.

4. Mellie Francon, Switzerland, 1,350.

5. Alexandra Jekova, Bulgaria, 1,340.

Also

12. Faye Gulini, United States, 640.

27. Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, United States, 250.

33. Marni Yamada, United States, 115.

34. Joanie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, 110.

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