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US snowboarders just out of the money but show encouraging promise

The FIS Snowboarding World Cup has moved to Kreischberg in Austria for two days of competition. Yesterday it was the turn of the parallel giant slalom boarders and although the US competitors didn’t make a podium finish there was plenty of promise on show.

Siegfried Grabner of Austria won the men’s competition, followed by Switzerland’s Simon Schoch in second and Meinhard Erlacher of Italy in third.

U.S. Snowboarding’s Tyler Jewell (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Chris Klug (Aspen, CO) led the way for U.S., finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. “Jewell hit a hole. He had a lead, hit the hole and got behind and he couldn’t make it up,” U.S. Snowboarding Alpine head Coach Steve Persons said. “It was about the only hole on the whole course. Other than that the snow was perfect today.”

Jewell was followed in eighth by teammate Klug (Aspen, CO), who won the first qualifying round. “Klug actually won in the qualifier but didn’t have such a good second run,” Persons said. “These finishes show that we are within striking distance. If we can get these guys qualifying in the top eight then they’re going to be able to perform.”

In the women’s race, Doris Guenther of Austria won, followed by Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi in second and Austrian Claudia Riegler in third.

Michelle Gorgone (Boston) also had trouble in the same spot as Jewell and was unable to make up the time in the end, finishing 13th. “For Michelle, today her challenge was terrain. In the first run she hit the same hole [as Tyler] and went down,” Persons said. “She caught up with her opponent halfway down the course but lost a little on a steep pitch. But it was definitely a show of her speed. She’s riding really well and fast.”

Teammate Erica Mueller (Steamboat Springs, CO) followed Gorgone in 22nd.

The riders remain in Kreischberg for a night parallel slalom event on Wednesday.

Kreischberg, Austria – Jan. 6, 2009
Parallel Giant Slalom

1. Siegfried Grabner, Austria
2. Simon Schoch, Switzerland
3. Meinhard Erlacher, Italy
4. Heinz Inniger, Switzerland
5. Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada


1. Doris Guenther, Austria
2. Tomoka Takeuchi, Japan
3. Claudia Riegler, Austria
4. Johanna Shaw, Austria
5. Marion Kreiner, Austria

Although the video below from riservabianca does not show the Kreisberg event (nothing yet posted) it shows the tough conditions that were experienced at Limone, Italy in the FIS World Cup event held just before Christmas, you should also recognise some of the names of the boarders even if you cannot exactly identify the boarders.[youtube=]

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