Klug lands second in Japanese World Cup
ASAHIKAWA, Japan – Aspen’s Chris Klug claimed second place in a parallel giant slalom Snowboard World Cup race here Saturday, just one week after taking third at another Japanese World Cup PGS.
French rider Christophe Segura won the event. Segura, second after qualifications, faced Klug in the finals and won both runs. Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson won both of the consolation runs against Austrian Werner Ebenbauer.
“Beautiful snow today,” Klug said after the event. “The sun was shining and it couldn’t have been a better race really. I started out really good and my runs were just getting better and better. I just didn’t have my two best runs in the finals. Christophe is a big guy and carried a lot of speed onto the flat, plus I made a few mistakes.”
“The conditions have been great and the course was in perfect shape,” said Segura. “I didn’t care that it hasn’t been the steepest ever, but I think a good racer needs to be able to ride any kind of course.”
Several big names in parallel events failed to make it to the finals, including points leader Mathieu Bozzetto from France, Slovenian Dejan Kosir, Swede Richard Richardsson and German Markus Ebner.
U.S. team rider Rosey Fletcher of Girdwood, Alaska, took second in the women’s PGS.
For Klug, the finish marked his second podium showing in a week’s time. On Jan. 17 in Italy, Klug won a parallel giant slalom Snowboard World Cup race.
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