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Snowboard’s silver lining

Mike Robertson of Edmonton comes through with an unexpected 2nd place finish in snowboard cross

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Chalk up another longshot medal for Canada. Mike Robertson of Edmonton came through with a silver in the finals of the men’s snowboard cross at Cypress Mountain this afternoon. And he came heartbreakingly close to the gold.

In the lead with the finish line in his sights, Robertson was nipped by reigning Olympic gold medalist, Seth Westcott of the United States, when he landed a little short on the final set of rollers and lost some momentum.

Still given that the first-time Olympian was on no one’s list of medal favourites, one suspects Robertson will take it.

A lift for Canada, after the disappointment of this morning’s men’s downhill in Whistler.

Now let’s see what happens in the men’s 500m speed skating.