CYPRESS MOUNTAIN, BC (Feb. 27) – Chris Klug (Aspen, CO) missed a gate as he pursued bronze medalist Mathieu Bozzetto in the quarterfinals of Saturday’s parallel giant slalom. Canada’s Jasey Jay Anderson beat Austria’s Benjamin Karl in the final for gold.
Foggy, wet conditions met riders as Klug grabbed the final spot in qualifying, then beat top qualifier Andreas Prommegger of Austria to advance to the quarterfinals.
“I was really proud of a few of the runs today,” Klug said. “To get through that first round and have a shot at potentially medaling today, I was proud of that. I put myself in a good position.”
In his third Winter Olympics, 20th year of competitive riding and 27th snowboarding, Klug took the early lead in his second run and rode somewhat conservatively until Bozzetto passed, then missed a gate near the bottom of the course to drop out. He beat Slovenia’s Rok Flander in the consolation final after Flander did not start.
“A bit of a tough pill for me to swallow, being so close to advancing into the semifinals and possibly a medal and then coming up short, that’s tough.”
Tyler Jewell (Steamboat Springs, CO) was ousted in the first round by Anderson of Canada. Jewell qualified in seventh, making Anderson a tough-luck draw.
“Jasey’s a stud, what can I say?” Jewell said. “He got me by seven tenths or something (in the first run). Second run, I knew what I had to do, and I did it. I caught him, and then I had to go for it a little bit more and took too tight a line on that pitch and just chattered out a little bit.”
“I’m a lucky guy. I’ve got my family here, that’s all I can ask for. I snowboard for a living right now. I don’t make a lot of money, but I sure love it.”
2010 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
Cypress Mountain, BC – Feb. 27
Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom
Gold – Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada
Silver – Benjamin Karl, Austria
Bronze – Mathieu Bozzetto, France
4. Stanislav Detkov, Russia
5. Simon Schoch, Austria
7. Chris Klug, Aspen, CO
13. Tyler Jewell, Steamboat Springs, CO