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Klug fails to make final in Lake Placid

Nate Peterson
Snowboarder Chris Klug failed to qualify for the finals in parallel giant slalom in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Thursday.
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Local snowboarder Chris Klug is looking forward to catching some of the standup routines this weekend at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. A few good laughs should be the perfect remedy for what was a disappointing result Thursday in a World Cup parallel giant slalom in rainy Lake Placid, N.Y., Klug said. The combined time of Klug’s two qualifying runs put him in 17th place, which left him out of the 16-rider final. Had he been two hundredths of a second faster, he would have qualified for head-to-head competition. “Once you get into the final, anything can happen,” Klug said in a phone conversation. “Unfortunately, I made a mistake about halfway down on my second qualifying run. On my heelside, I just lost my edge a little bit and skidded out.”Klug didn’t blame the steady downpour of sleet and rain, nor the icy East Coast snow. It was just a case of carrying too much speed off the flat top section into the steep bottom section, he said.”My first run was slow, so I was really aggressive in my second run,” Klug said. “I was ruling the flats on the top, I just couldn’t hold my line once I got into the steep section. I salvaged the run, but it wasn’t enough.”In an Olympic finals rematch, Switzerland’s Philipp Schoch won the gold after edging his brother Simon in the final. Simon leads the World Cup standings with 6,850 points while Philipp trails in second with 6,550. Austria’s Andreas Prommegger was third, and teammate Siegrfied Grabner was fourth.Tyler Jewell of Sudbury, Mass., was the top American men’s finisher, in seventh. Jewell was the lone American men’s racer to compete in the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, where he finished 11th.”It’s always good to race in the U.S., but coming from the Olympics is a lot different,” Jewell said in a USSA press release. “I’m proud of that result [at the Olympics], but I’m more proud of a step I took mentally. I figured some things out in Italy. Sometimes a result doesn’t show what you’ve taken away from the race. I learned a lot from the Olympics, and I learned a lot on how to deal with the pressure. Now I want to make that next step and catch up with the Swiss guys.”After arriving home today, Klug will get three nights of rest in his own bed before he heads to Furano, Japan, on Monday morning for World Cup finals. The men’s PGS in Japan is scheduled for March 17.”With the weather here, it was a pretty miserable day,” Klug said Thursday. “My family was here cheering me on, which was awesome, but my day ended a lot sooner than I expected. I just want to get home, hang out and take in a little bit of comedy before I leave Monday. It should be a good break.”Local Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler is expected to compete in the World Cup halfpipe Saturday in Lake Placid.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com


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