TANDADALEN, Sweden (Nov. 23) – Olympic bronze medalist Ross Powers (S.Londonderry, VT), Tommy Czeschin (Crowley Lake, CA) and Michele Taggart(Salem, OR) lead a group of five U.S. riders to podium finishes in Monday’sback-to-back World Cup halfpipe contests.

Powers lead the men’s team in the first contest, capturing the top spotwith a score of 84.2. Zach Horwitz (Carbondale, CO) joined Powers on thepodium with his second place performance. Three other U.S. riders crackedthe top-10, with reigning U.S. open champion Rob Kingwill (Jackson, WY)finishing fifth, Luke Wynen (Reading, PA) in eighth and Ricky Bower (ParkCity, UT) in ninth. For the women, Taggart won the opening halfpipe witha score of 69.5, while Kim Stacey (Stratton Mtn., VT) was second.

In the second competition of the day, Czeschin finished first, while TriciaByrnes (New Canaan, CT) reached the podium with her third place finishin the women’s competition.

“It’s great to see some of the younger riders like Tommy and Kim, whohave been on the team for awhile, do so well,” said Head Coach Peter Foley.”Our athletes are riding really well and our team as a whole is reallystrong.”

Next up on the schedule for the U.S. Snowboard Team is a World Cup eventin Bardonecchia, Italy Nov. 27-29, featuring GS and parallel SL competitions.

Men
1. Ross Powers (U.S.) 84.2 points
2. Zach Horwitz (U.S.) 81.7
3. Jonathan Collomb-Patton (France) 77.4
4. Magnus Sterner (Sweden) 76.9
5. Rob Kingwill (U.S.) 76.2
6. Shinichi Watanabe (Japan) 70.1
7. Martin Sandberg (Sweden) 69.0
8. Luke Wynen (U.S.) 68.6
9. Ricky Bower (U.S.) 68.2
10. Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden) 61.6

Women
1. Michelle Taggart (U.S.) 69.5
2. Kim Stacey (U.S.) 69.2
3. Doriane Vidal (France) 69.2
4. Sophia Bergdahl (Sweden) 66.6
5. Sabine Wehr-Hasler (Germany) 60.4
6. Tricia Byrnes (U.S.) 59.0
7. Siw Alida Renander (Norway) 57.2
8. Anna Hellman (Sweden) 56.9
9. Sandra Farmand (Germany) 55.3
10. Janet Jonsson (Sweden) 53.8