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American riders dominated Day 1 of Race to the Cup at Copper Mountain

Bryce Evans
Summit County correspndent
Grand County, Colorado

Americans took three of the six podium spots in Thursday’s giant slalom competition in the first event of the 2009-10 Race to the Cup at Copper Mountain.

The race, which is the first of two Race to the Cup events in Colorado this season, was also a sanctioned NorAm alpine snowboarding race, which drew riders from across the world.

Michelle Gorgone of the U.S.A. won the women’s side of the competition with a two-run combined time of 1:07.28.

“It was a good day today and a great way to start the season,” she said. “I just tried to ride smart and consistent without pushing myself too hard.”

Kimko Zakreski of Canada and Tomoka Takeuchi of Japan rounded out the women’s podium.

Erica Mueller finished as the second American in the field, with a sixth-place finish. Lindsay Lloyd and Lynn Ott rounded out the U.S. contingent, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively.

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The men’s podium was flanked by two American riders, Thursday.

Simon Schoch of Switzerland won the race, but Steamboat Springs’ Justin Reiter and Oregon’s Adam Smith finished second and third respectively. All three riders finished within a half second of one another, and Reiter only topped Smith by 0.07 seconds.

Americans Tyler Jewell (ninth), Joshua Wylie (10th), Zach Kay (13th) and Chris Klug (15th) also competed for the U.S. Klug was leading the competition after the first run with an impressive 29.67 time, but his second run of 34.42 sent him far back in the pack.

The racing continued on Friday, but results weren’t available at press time. Look in Sunday’s Sports section for a recap of Day 2’s action.

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