SAN CANDIDO, Italy — The U.S. continued it’s medal-producing performanceat the World Snowboard Championships Thursday in San Candido, Italy, as Anton Pogue (Hood River, Ore.) rode to a bronze medal in men’s slalom, his first career podium. Pogue finished third behind winner Bernd Kroschewski and second-place finisher Dieter Moherndl, both of Germany.

“This is my best result by far,” said Pogue, a former alpine ski racer who has been on the U.S. Snowboard Team for four years. “All this success has just happened recently – it’s been going great for me the last few races.” Pogue has had three fourth-place finishes this season, including two fourths in slalom competition. Thursday’s bronze medal is his first podium.

Pogue was in fifth place after his first run. “This is so crazy!” he said, as he stood in the finish area after his second run, anxiously waiting to see if anyone else could ride well enough to knock him out of third. After first-run leader Peter Pichler of Italy came down, unable to beat Pogue’s time, Pogue’s medal was secure. “The snow was so grippy, that it threw me for a loop – I really didn’t think I did that well in the first run, and I was really surprised that I was hanging in there,” Pogue said of his run. “I tried not to think about the finish. I got secluded by myself in the mountain lodge over lunch, and my mind went crazy on me, so I had to go out and start talking to people,” said the ever-amiable Pogue.

In women’s slalom competition, Germany put another rider on the winner’s stand with Heidi Renoth taking the gold over Italy’s Dagmar Mair Unter Der Eggen (silver) and Dorothee Fournier (bronze) of France. Erin O’Mally (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) was the top U.S. rider, finishing ninth.

After three days of competition at the World Snowboard Championships, the U.S. has gathered four medals (Sondra Van Ert – GS gold, Mike Jacoby – GS silver, Ian Price – GS bronze, Pogue – SL bronze), more than any other nation. Competition continues on Friday with the men’s and women’s halfpipe, as reigning World Halfpipe Champion Ross Powers (S. Londonderry, Vt.) will ride to defend his ’96 title. Men’s and women’s parallel slalom qualifiers will also take place on Friday, with the finals Saturday.

Notes…The U.S. team doctor was busy Wednesday night treating Lynn Ott (Bend,Ore.), who was injured in a halfpipe training crash when she collided with another rider. She needed eleven stitches on her forehead, but was on-hand in the finish area of Thursday’s slalom to cheer on her teammates…

Slalom Results


Men
1. Bernd Kroschewski, Germany, 1:09.39
2. Dieter Moherndl, Germany, 1:09.44
3. Anton Pogue, Hood River, Ore., 1:09.79
4. Richard Richardsson, Sweden, 1:10.05
5. Peter Pichler, Italy, 1:10.10
6. Thomas Prugger, Italy, 1:10.15
7. Karl Frenademez, Italy, 1:10.24
8. Helmut Pramstaller, Austria, 1:10.83
9. Peter Pechhacker, Austria, 1:10.97
10. Harald Walder, Austria, 1:11.21
11. Mathias Behounek, Germany, 1:11.67
12. Charlie Cosnier, France, 1:11.88
13. Stefan Kaltschuetz, Austria, 1:12.04
14. Stephen Copp, Sweden, 1:12.39
15. Maxence Idesheim, France, 1:12.60
16. Ross Rebagliati, Canada, 1:13.27
17. Ulf Maard, Sweden, 1:13.90
18. Jacob Bergstedt, Sweden, 1:13.94
19. Alex Voyat, Italy, 1:14.08
20. Rob Berney, Whitefish, Mont., 1:14.28
21. Manuel Mendoza, Whitefish, Mont., 1:14.41
22. Darren Chalmers, Canada,, 1:14.55
23. Phil Steil, Canada, 1:14.61
24. Damien Vigroux, France, 1:14.71
25. Mike Kildevaeld, Denmark, 1:14.83
26. Ivo Rudiferia, Italy, 1:15.03
27. Tom O’Brien, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1:15.62
28. Dejan Kosir, Slovenia, 1:15.64
29. Patrick Lindroth, Sweden, 1:16.34
30. Jonas Aspman, Sweden, 1:17.15

Other U.S. Riders:
DNF: Steve Persons, Whitefish, Mont.
DNF: Jeff Greenwood, Granby, Conn.

Women
1. Heidi Renoth, Germany, 1:12.78
2. Dagmar Mair U.D. Eggen, Italy, 1:13.14
3. Dorothee Fournier, France, 1:14.16
4. Karine Ruby, France, 1:14.40
5. Isabell Zedlacher, Austria, 1:14.77
6. Steffi Prentl, Germany, 1:16.30
7. Claudia Riegler, Austria, 1:16.63
8. Candice Drouin, Canada, 1:17.90
9. Erin O’Mally, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 1:18.30
10. Takami Yagi, Japan, 1:19.20
11. Sondra Van Ert, Ketchum, Idaho, 1:19.68
12. Aurelie Tible, France, 1:20.33
13. Yasue Uchiyama, Japan, 1:24.41
14. Yoshiko Machida, Japan, 1:27.55
15. Sunaho Tateishi, Japan, 1:30.90
16. Maria Tikhvinsaja, Russia, 1:33.21
17. Claudia Verbist, Belgium, 1:34.10
18. Maroussa Pappou, Greece, 1:39.77
19. Vicky Nielsen, Denmark, 1:52.13

Other U.S. Riders:
DNF: Stacia Hookom, Edwards, Colo.
DNS: Lynn Ott, Bend, Ore.

DNF = did not finish
DNS = did not start