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CALGARY - The science and technology behind Canada's Olympians got a financial re-boot Wednesday with the announcement of extra federal government money.

The Government of Canada is topping up the Innovations For Gold program by $1 million this year and up to $1 million each of the next two.

"Canada is a leading sport nation. We want to keep it that way," said Bal Gosal, Canada's Minister of State for Sport.

"From learning more about how sleep can help an athlete's recovery to working on head-injury prevention screens, this cutting-edge research is going to provide lasting benefits to our athletes."

Own The Podium spent $8 million on 55 winter-sport projects collectively named Top Secret prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.

But the money for giant treadmills, global positioning units, cables to catapult speedskaters and human physiology studies shrunk post-2010 to about $1 million spent annually across summer, winter and Paralympic sports combined.

Canada was falling behind other countries in the sport technology arms race again until Wednesday's announcement.

OTP chief executive officer Anne Merklinger can now work with $6 million over the next three years for Top Secret's successor, Innovations For Gold, as long as her organization raises its half for the feds to match.

"This new funding will enable us to get back on track," she said following a news conference at WinSport in Calgary. "If we are not driving research and innovation in high-performance sport, we are not in the game."

One of the few projects Innovations For Gold could afford after 2010 was the alpine sit-ski for para-alpine athletes.

Canadian Paralympic Committee president Gaetan Tardif watched with trepidation as athletes from other countries crashed all over the mountain during last year's Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

The warm weather and soft snow made

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VAL SAINT-CÔME, Qc - Another men's World Cup freestyle ski event, another win for Canadian Mikael Kingsbury.

Kingsbury, of Deux-Montagnes, Que., won a moguls competition Saturday, his fifth straight World Cup victory. He topped Australian Matt Graham and Russian Alexander Smyshlyev to remain atop the World Cup moguls standings.

Kingsbury needs only 53 points from the final three races of the season to claim a fourth straight crystal globe.

"I knew what I needed to do to win here and I made it happen," he said. "It was extra special doing it in Quebec and with a big crowd at the bottom of the hill.

"I knew I couldn't make too many errors in the final. I didn't need to be the fastest, I just needed to be consistent. The last few moguls on this course were extremely tricky and icy. I needed to have full control in what I was doing to perform my jump. I think my strategy really paid off."

Kingsbury anchored a solid performance for Canada as Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal and Quebec City's Audrey Robichaud took silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's event.

American Hannah Kearney claimed the gold medal, taking all three of her runs. Kearney passed Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, who finished 14th, for top spot in women's standings.

Robichaud was ecstatic with her finish.

"I have tears of joy right now, I am just so proud," she said. "It's really difficult to describe how I feel.

"I've felt like I was really close to making it to the podium for a while. I'm glad it happened here though and in Quebec. I had many of my family and friends here as well to celebrate my 99th career World Cup, I was really touched by all of them being here

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If you are a student at Durham College or UOIT, then we have a deal for you!

On Saturday nights, there is a bus available to transport Durham College & UOIT students to and from Brimacombe for FREE! 

You don't need to pre-register to take part in this amazing offer; just show up on time!  The bus leaves the Student Activity Centre at 4 p.m., and leaves Brimacombe at 9 p.m.  

Lift tickets are $35+HST

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KUEHTAI, Austria - Rediscovering her strength in slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin became the most successful U.S. skier in the discipline on Monday.

The teenager racked up her 10th career slalom win, beating the records set in the 1980s by Tamara McKinney and on the men's side by Phil Mahre, who both had nine wins in ski racing's most technically demanding event.

"I wasn't thinking about that today," the 19-year-old Shiffrin said. "Somebody mentioned it and I was like, 'Ha, that is very cool.' I had no idea. But I am just mostly looking forward to enjoying being fast instead of just trying too hard. If you try too hard, you often don't get what you want."

Shiffrin certainly had not got what she wanted in slaloms so far this season.

After dominating the discipline the past two years while winning Olympic and world titles, Shiffrin struggled during the first two months of the new season.

After three races without a podium finish, Shiffrin bounced back in impressive style on Monday. It was her 11th win overall after also triumphing in the season-opening GS in October.

Shiffrin posted the fastest time in both runs and finished in an aggregate 1 minute, 43.39 seconds.

Second-place Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was 0.80 behind for her first podium in five years, and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland came third, trailing by 0.92. The rest of the field was more than a second off Shiffrin's winning time.

Tina Maze of Slovenia placed sixth to extend her lead in the overall standings.

"I am definitely satisfied," Shiffrin said. "Especially the second run was really fun to ski. It was really one of my best runs I had all season, including training or anything."

However, Shiffrin wasn't taking anything for granted.

"Many other girls skied well, too,

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