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Updated: December 7, 2012 1:21 PM | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Omar Visintin wins season-opening snowboard cross

Omar Visintin wins season-opening snowboard cross

Omar Visintin of Italy won the season-opening men's snowboard cross Friday in Montafon, Austria, for his first-ever World Cup victory.

A former junior world champion, Visintin beat Markus Schainer of Austria, Nick Baumgartner of the United States and Alex Pullin of Australia in the final.

The 23-year-old Italian's best World Cup result so far was sixth in December 2011 at a cross in Telluride, Colo.

Jake Holden of Caledon, Ont., finished 12th, Chris Robanske of Calgary was 14th, Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., finished 21st and Robert Fagan of Cranbrook, B.C., was 33rd.

Because of worsening weather conditions, organizers moved the women's cross to Saturday.

A team event had already been scheduled for that day, and organizers had yet to decide on the exact program.

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