BIDEZ, HOLLINGSWORTH GOLD, SILVER IN WORLD JUNIOR SNOWBOARD
VIVALDI PARK, Korea (Feb. 4) - American snowboarders Clair Bidez (Minturn, CO) and Ellery Hollingsworth (Darien, CT) finished 1-2 in halfpipe at Saturday's World Junior Championships in Korea.
Dylan Bidez (Minturn, CO) was the top American finisher on the men's side in sixth.
In the qualifiers, Bidez was first and Hollingsworth sixth. In the finals, Hollingsworth took the lead after the first of two runs. However, Bidez' second run was untouchable as she threw back-to-back 540s and head-high straight airs. Hollingsworth had a solid second pass, but it wasn't enough to uproot Bidez and take back first place.
WORLD JUNIOR SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Vivaldi Park, KOR - Feb. 4, 2006
Men (12 qualify for finals)
1. Kohhei Kudoh, Japan, 45.5
2. Markus Malin, Finland, 43.9
3. Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, 42.8
4. Daniel Friberg, Switzerland, 42.4
5. Kohsuke Hosokawa, Japan, 41.3
6. Dylan Bidez, Minturn, Colo., 39.9
13. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
34. Jeremy Thompson, Elka Park, New York
38. Austen Butler, Ketchum, Idahov
47. Tim Humphreys, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
MANCUSO ON PODIUM AGAIN IN WORLD CUP GS
OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (Feb. 4) - Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA) racked up another podium Saturday, finishing third in a giant slalom in Ofterschwang. Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO) was ninth. Maria Jose Reinda of Spain and Swede Anja Paerson tied for the win.
Reinda, who won Friday's first giant slalom (a makeup race from Slovenia), and Paerson each posted a two-run combined time of 2:22.18. Reinda led after the opening run with a time of 1:12.20, but Paerson laid down a blazing second run of 1:09.80 to make up the difference and equal Reinda.
It was the fifth World Cup win of the Spaniard's career. Paerson placed second behind Reinda Friday
WOMEN’S ALPINE WORLD CUP
Ofterschwang, GER - Feb. 4, 2006
1. Maria Jose Rienda, Spain, 2:22.18
1. Anja Paerson, Sweden, 2:22.18
3. Julia Mancuso, Olympic Valley, Calif., 2:22.27
4. Genevieve Simard, Canada, 2:22.84
5. Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 2:23.23
9. Sarah Schleper, Vail, Colo., 2:23.91
ROARK, ROBERTS ON MOGULS PODIUM IN CZECH REPUBLIC
SPINDLERUV MLYN, Czech. (Feb. 4) - It was a double podium for the U.S. Saturday as Michelle Roark (Golden, CO) and Nate Roberts (Park City, UT) finished third in a World Cup moguls event.
Norway's Kari Traa topped the women's field and was followed by France's Sandra Laoura. Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau was first in the men's event with Australian Dale Begg-Smith in second.
Roark, continuing her string of solid performances, led six American women into the top-10. She was fourth at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy on Jan. 28 and won back-to-back World Cups prior to that at Lake Placid, New York and Deer Valley, Utah. Roark, who qualified first, nailed her run today, which included a backflip and a bronco (heli/spread).
Jillian Vogtli (Ellicotville, NY) threw a near-perfect D spin in her run and placed fifth.
"It was the best one she's done in competition," said head moguls coach Don St. Pierre.
Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) and Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), both Olympic Team members, finished seventh and 10th, respectively. Bahrke landed a pair of off-axis 720s, while Kearney, third in qualifying, skied well but had a few minor mishaps.
FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
Spindleruv Mlyn, CZE - Feb. 4, 2006
1. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada, 27.36 points
2. Dale Begg-Smith, Australia, 26.44
3. Nate Roberts, Park City, Utah, 25.95
4. Artem Valinteev, Russia, 25.65
5. David Babic, Washington, Vt., 24.84
12. David DiGravio, Farmington, Maine, 14.34
50. Toby Dawson, Vail, Colo.
Did not start:
Jeremy Bloom, Loveland, Colo., Michael Morse, Duxbury, Mass.
1. Kari Traa, Norway, 26.44
2. Sandra Laoura, France, 26.13
3. Michelle Roark, Golden, Colo., 25.50
4. Nikola Sudova, Czechoslovakia, 25.22
5. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, N.Y., 25.20
7. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, Calif., 24.82
8. Emiko Torito, Denver, Colo., 24.80
9. Shelly Robertson, Reno, Nev., 24.35
10. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, Vt., 23.75
16. Eliza Outtrim, Hamden, Conn.
US Ski & Snowboard Association