CAREZZA, Italy — Sylvain Dufour of France claimed his first snowboard World Cup parallel slalom victory on Saturday, beating Alexander Payer of Austria.
Dufour came from behind to beat Payer in Carezza and secure his second career World Cup victory — more than two years after winning a parallel giant slalom.
Sylvain Dufour, center, of France, winner of a Snowboard men's World Cup parallel slalom, celebrates on the podium with second placed Alexander Payer, left, of Austria, and third placed Lukas Mathies, of Austria, in Carezza, northern Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')
Austria's Lukas Mathies beat Switzerland's Simon Schoch final for bronze.
Dufour moved into third in the World Cup parallel standings, behind Zan Kosir of Slovenia and Mathies.
In the women's event, Caroline Calve of Canada beat Ekaterina Tudegesheva of Russia for her third World Cup victory. Selina Joerg of Germany took bronze after beating home favorite Nadya Ochner.
Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland and Tudegesheva are tied atop of the parallel standings. Calve is 40 points behind.
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