Basalt racer wins boardercross in Italy |

Basalt racer wins boardercross in Italy

Aspen Times Staff
Jason Smith of Basalt won a World Cup boardercross race Saturday in Kronzplatz, Italy.

Jason Smith of Basalt, a former Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club member, won his first World Cup race Saturday – a boardercross in Kronzplatz, Italy.

Smith edged out Marco Huser of Switzerland, U.S. teammate Jason Hale and Paul-Henri Delerue for the gold in the four-rider final. Defending World Cup boardercross champion Jasey Jay Anderson of Canada was sixth. The win comes in Smith’s third season competing for U.S. Snowboarding. His previous best this season was a second-place finish in a NorAm Cup boardercross at Mount Hood Meadows, Ore., in December. Smith’s best World Cup results before Saturday were two eighth-place boardercross finishes, the first on March 6 in Lake Placid, N.Y.; the second 11 days later in Tandadelen, Sweden.

Smith is a boardercross specialist, but he has also competed in parallel giant slalom at the NorAm Cup level.U.S. Snowboarding has yet to name its Olympic boardercross team for Turin, which are now less than a month away. The final World Cup boardercross before the Turin Games is Friday in Avoriaz-Morzine, France.

Boardercross will make its Olympic debut in Turin. Halfpipe snowboarding made its debut at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.After Friday’s event in France, Smith is expected to compete in the Winter X Games at Buttermilk. Smith finished fourth in the boardercross final last year.

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