Klug and Gorgone Lead U.S. In World Cup Giant Slalom

Klug, Gorgone Lead U.S. in Canada

STONEHAM, Quebec (Jan. 24) – Wrapping things up for World Cup snowboarding prior to the 2010 Games, Chris Klug (Aspen, CO) took the lead for the US, finishing eighth in a parallel giant slalom in Canada. Michelle Gorgone (Boston) led for the women, finishing 12th.

“I am really happy. It was fun racing today,” Klug said. “I was really proud to be able to perform well.”

Benjamin Karl of Austria won the men’s race, followed by fellow Austrian Andreas Prommegger in second, and Jasey Jay Anderson of Canada in third.

According to Klug, the racing in Stoneham was not ideal for him, but despite being in less than optimal conditions for him, He was happy with how he raced.

“This is a challenging hill for me, but I am happy to have raced strong,” Klug said. “It’s steep, slick, rock hard snow and I can’t say these conditions are my specialty. But I am riding fast and strong now and I was able to get the job done.”

For Klug, being able to dial in better results is all about peaking for him.

“I got to the quarterfinal and I was close to the semifinal, but I think I am peaking at the right time and I am just looking forward to training for the next few weeks,” Klug said.

Now, Klug plans to spend his time training, as well as getting in a little race time.

“I think I am peaking at the right time. I just had great training and I look forward to going to Oregon and training some more, as well as competing in the NorAm there,” Klug said.

In the women’s race, Russians Svetlana Boldykova and Alena Zavarzina took first and second, and France’s Nathalie Desmares was third.

While Gorgone wasn’t necessarily excited about her result, she was happy to see some improvements in her riding.

“My result wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but there were some good pieces,” Gorgone said. “I had some good runs and some bad ones but I was pretty fast on the pitch all day. I guess I need to work my flats.”

But, Gorgone is hoping to pull all her strengths for a very important competition.

“Hopefully I can get together some more pieces and have the whole puzzle together by the time Vancouver comes around,” Gorgone said, adding that she knows what she needs. “Speed has never really been my problem…it’s consistency”

The 2010 U.S. Olympic Team for snowboarding will be announced Monday, Jan. 25.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2010 LG FIS Snowboard World Cup
Stoneham, Quebec – Jan. 24, 2010
Parallel Giant Slalom

Men
1. Benjamin Karl, Austria
2. Andreas Prommegger, Austria
3. Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada
4. Marc Iselin, Switzerland
5. Rok Flander, Slovenia

8. Chris Klug, Aspen, CO
16. Vic Wild, White Salmon, WA
23. Tyler Jewell, Steamboat Springs, CO
37. Zac Kay, Mount Shasta, CA
38. Justin Reiter, Steamboat Springs, CO
47. Adam Smith, Bend, OR

Women
1. Svetlana Boldykova, Russia
2. Alena Zavarzina, Russia
3. Nathalie Desmares, France
4. Fraenzi Maegert – Kohli, Switzerland
5. Nicolien Sauerbreij, Netherlands

12. Michelle Gorgone, Boston
36. Lindsay Lloyd, Centerville, UT
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