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It’s winter for Klug

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Not only is summer over for Aspen’s Chris Klug, but winter has officially begun.

Klug, the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist in snowboarding parallel giant slalom, opens the 2003 FIS World Cup season Saturday at Valle Nevado, Chile. And after a whirlwind of a “summer” that included an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” numerous speaking engagements to further the organ donor cause (Klug received a liver transplant in July 2000), as well as on-snow training and a little surfing, Klug says he’s ready.

“It has been a great week of training here at Valle Nevado,” Klug said Thursday in a journal entry posted on his Web site, chrisklug.com. “I am ripping it up and having lots of fun. … I am tuning up my boards and getting ready for one last day of fine tuning tomorrow before the FIS World Cup PGS on Saturday.

“The conditions are perfect: ‘railable,’ ego snow and blue-bird sunny weather,” the 29-year-old Aspen resident continued. “The race hill could not be in better shape. Let us hope the nice weather and perfect snow conditions stick around until Saturday.”

The World Cup snowboarding season opened Thursday at Valle Nevado with a boardercross race. A halfpipe competition is set for today and the PGS, or parallel giant slalom, concludes South America’s second-ever World Cup event on Saturday.

Saturday’s field includes Salt Lake City Winter Games gold medalist Philipp Schoch of Switzerland and silver medalist Richard Richardsson of Sweden.

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“I am off to the Chilean coast on Saturday evening for a week of surf,” Klug said, “hopefully with a podium under my belt.”

Next stop on the Snowboarding World Cup tour: Solden, Austria, Oct. 29-31, for a parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom.

[Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is mutrie@aspentimes.com]

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