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Wescott good as gold

Posted by Scott Thurston, Globe Staff  February 15, 2010 06:45 PM

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It's another gold for New England as Seth Wescott of Sugarloaf, Maine, successfully defended his Olympic title in snowboard cross, making a brilliant pass off a jump about two-thirds of the way along the course to overtake Canadian Mike Robertson.

American Nate Holland stumbled to finish behind France's Tony Ramoin in the race for bronze.

The victory comes on the heels of Hannah Kearney's gold-medal effort in Saturday's women's moguls.

Wescott, who said going for it all "was my focus all season'' at one point was in last place among the four riders. He was seeded 17th of the 32 competitors.

"The [qualifying] trials didn't go so well,'' said Wescott. "I knew I would be fighting from the bad gate. I was in fourth, Nate went down; I reeled in Tony, drove his inside. Mike braked, and I went in.''

Wescott had a few special fans with a rooting interest. "My sister and my mom and dad are all here,'' he said. "I ran into them on the way into the venue. So much of our competitive lives is [spent] away, and is traveling. To be able to compete in front of them is amazing.''

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