US men's team wins snowboard event in Austria
MONTAFON, Austria -- The United States and Austria won the inaugural team snowboard events, while defending women's World Cup champion Dominique Maltais of Canada won the first snowboard cross of the season on Saturday.
Americans Hagen Kearney and Nate Holland won the team event, which was part of a World Cup snowboard meet for the first time.
They defeated Italy's Luca Matteotti and Omar Visintin in the final, while Alessandro Haemmerle and Markus Schairer of Austria finished third.
Maltais topped Raffaella Brutto of Italy, Belle Brockhoff of Australia and Nelly Moenne Loccoz of France in the final on the Seebliga course for her eighth career victory.
Austria's Maria Ramberger and Susanne Moll won the women's team event ahead of Claire Chapotot and Lorelei Schmitt of France, while another French team of Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Chloe Trespeuch finished third.
The snowboard World Cup moves next week to Telluride, Colo.
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