Aspen’s Klug eighth in Austrian race |

Aspen’s Klug eighth in Austrian race

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

KREISCHBERG, Austria ” Chris Klug’s goal for the 2009 season? Finish on the podium in a World Cup race.

That objective could soon become a reality. The 36-year-old Aspen snowboarder finished eighth, one spot behind teammate Tyler Jewell of Steamboat Springs, in Tuesday’s World Cup parallel giant slalom in Kreischberg, Austria. The result is Klug’s first top 10 on the circuit since December 2004, when he took fourth in a PGS in Kronplatz, Italy.

World Cup overall leader Siegfried Grabner of Austria took first, Switzerland’s Simon Schoch was second and Italy’s Meinhard Erlacher rounded out the podium. Doris Guenther pulled off a home-country sweep with a win in a women’s race in which four Austrians finished in the top five.

“Klug actually won the qualifier but didn’t have such a good second run,” said Steve Parsons, U.S. Snowboarding’s alpine head coach, in a news release. “These finishes show that we are within striking distance. If we can get these guys qualifying in the top eight then they’re going to be able to perform.”

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