Kosir and Ruby Claim PSL in Schoenried

KOSIR AND RUBY CLAIM PSL WINS; FLETCHER 6TH IN SCHOENRIED

SCHOENRIED, Switzerland (Jan. 11) – Despite rainy conditions, theSchoenried snowboard World Cup finished up Thursday as Slovenian DejanKosir and France’s Karine Ruby picked up victories in the season’s thirdparallel slalom race.

Kosir recorded his third parallel podium appearance in parallel eventsthis season by defeating Austrian Andreas Prommegger and Swedes DanielBiveson and Richard Richardsson in the early rounds. He took outCanadian powerhouse Jasey Jay Anderson in the finals.

“I trained a lot during Christmas and New Year’s so I was a bit tiredlast weekend,” said Kosir. “Today, I had my tactics. At the first threegates on the pitch, I was very high and maybe even a bit behind at thatpoint, but then I could let it run to control my rivals until thefinish. That was the key.”

France’s Nicolas Huet finished behind Anderson in third and Richardssonended up fourth. U.S. Snowboard Team racer Anton Pogue (Hood River, OR)was the top American, finishing 31st.

In the women’s race, Ruby struggled a bit, but regained her composure todefeat Austrian Nina Schlegel in the finals.

“I had a lot of problems to find the right rhythm in the early final,but I was lucky at some points also,” said Ruby, who leads the parallelstandings. “I didn’t expect it to be really bad in slalom, so I wasquite confident. The slope was much more difficult to ride this morningbecause it changed a lot, but I stayed calm and worked it out.”

Finishing behind Schlegel, the junior world champion, was German HeidiRenoth in third and Italian Margherita Parini in fourth. Rosey Fletcher(Girdwood, AK), who won a parallel slalom in Kreischberg, AustriaSunday, was again the top American finisher in sixth. Fletcher sits insecond on the World Cup parallel points list behindRuby.

Racers claimed the course became fairly soft as light rain fell duringthe qualification rounds, but organizers worked overtime on the hill toensure adequate conditions for the finals.

Coming up next on the World Cup tour is a pair of snowboardcross events,scheduled for Jan. 13-14 at Avoriaz-Morzine, France. The circuit thenmoves on to Olang, Italy Jan. 17-19 before the World Championships kickoff Jan. 22-28 at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.