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Klug 18th at World Cup stop in Russia

Aspen Times writer

U.S. snowboarders traveled to Russia this week for the first post Olympic World Cup races, each taking place under the lights.The first of two parallel slalom events took place in Shukolovo on Wednesday. Aspen local Chris Klug, the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist, recorded the best American finish 18th. Klug then carried momentum into Friday’s competition in St. Petersburg, where he again recorded the best American result by finishing 15th. Klug would have finished higher had he not been penalized for nipping a gate during his first run in a head-to head with Italy’s Roland Fischnaller. With the one-second penalty, Klug was unable to overtake Fischnaller in the second run, and Fischnaller advanced all the way to the final, where he finished runner-up to Switzerland’s Simon Schoch.”I’m stoked on my slalom riding now,” Klug said. “In my mind [Fischnaller] is the fastest slalom rider on the flats. I arrived at the finish line after the first run with a .04 lead, but discovered later that I’d been penalized for having run over one of the short stubbie gates halfway down on my toeside. I knew it was close, but I thought my feet had passed legally around the gate. I was given the one second penalty. I fought back in the second run trying to make up the difference, but it wasn’t enough. I’m bummed because I was feeling it.”The top American woman in Shukolovo was Eric Mueller of Chester, Vt., who finished in 33rd. Veteran Lynn Ott of Bend, Ore., led the U.S. field in St. Petersburg with a 34th-place finish.U.S. Snowboarding now travels stateside for the State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. The event will feature parallel giant slalom, snowboardcross and halfpipe. Olympic boardercross medalists Seth Wescott and Lindsey Jacobellis are expected to compete.


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