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Klug lands on World Cup podium in Japan

Aspen Times Staff Report

SAPPORO, Japan – Aspen’s Chris Klug rode onto another World Cup podium Saturday, with a third-place finish in a parallel giant slalom in Sapporo, Japan.

Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson continued his winning streak, as he won the parallel giant slalom qualifier as well as a boardercross on Friday. Anderson took on Sweden’s Daniel Biveson in the finals and won the first of two runs by a sizable margin of 1.23 seconds.The Swede won the second run, but not nearly in enough time to close the gap that Anderson held.

In the battle for third place, Klug crushed German Markus Ebner, winning both runs as Ebner’s binding broke midway through the first run.

The finish marked Klug’s first return to a World Cup podium since Jan. 17, when he won another parallel giant slalom World Cup in Italy.

“For the last four or six runs it was pretty difficult to see, which was pretty challenging,” said Klug. “The course also became more bumpy but racing head to head the other racer has to deal with the same thing, so that’s the benefit.”

The weather changed up a bit during the races, going from partly sunny to light snowfall. The changing light conditions, coupled with the snow, made visibility on the course a problem from time to time.

The parallel giant slalom is one of two Olympic snowboard disciplines.

The Sapporo/Makomanai World Cup concludes Sunday with a halfpipe contest.


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