Jewell Eliminated from Medal Contention in Snowboard PGS

U.S. snowboarder Tyler Jewell (Sudbury, Mass.) was knocked out of the snowboard parallel giant slalom by Slovenian Dejan Kosir in Wednesday’s 1/8 finals in Bardonecchia.

Jewell was just barely edged out by Kosir. A first-time Olympian, Jewell won the first of two head-to-head races by .29 seconds over Kosir. After switching courses, Jewell came out of his gate .29 seconds ahead of Kosir, but crossed the finish line .30 seconds after him, allowing Kosir to advance to the quarterfinals by just .01 seconds.

Kosir will face off against Switzerland’s Simon Schoch, who led the qualifying round, in the quarters.

Also advancing out of the 1/8 finals was Switzerland’s Gilles Jacquet, Heinz Inniger and Philipp Schoch, as well as France’s Mathieu Bozzetto, Slovenian Rok Flander and Austrian Siegfried Grabner.

In the two morning qualifying runs, Jewell posted a combined time of 1:11.13 to place ninth among the 30-rider field. The top 16 finishers in the qualifiers advanced to the finals.