LA BRESSE, France — Reigning World Cup snowboarding champion Mike Jacoby (Hood River, OR) sizzled through the second run Friday to tie Austrian Peter Pechhacker for a giant slalom victory in LaBresse.

Jacoby, who pulled a muscle in his during training Thursday, had been sixth in the first run behind teammate Tom Lyman (Whitefish, MT) but he moved into a tie for the top spot with a two-run time of 1:19.56. Bill Enos (Waterville Valley, NH) finished fourth.

Sondra VanErt (Ketchum, ID) won the first run of the women’s GS but crashed on her second run. Karine Ruby of France won with Stacia Hookum (Edwards, CO) posting the top U.S. result in sixth place while VonErt recovered from her spill to finish ninth.

In a related announcement, Coach Peter Foley said Rob Berney (also Whitefish) sprained an ankle in training Wednesday and may not ride again until the World Championships, which are scheduled for Jan. 22-28 in Lienz, Austria.


LaBresse, FRA – Jan. 12

Men. 1. (Tie) Mike Jacoby, Hood River, Ore., and Peter Pechhacker, AUT, 1:19.56; 3. Harald Walder, AUT, 1:20.24; 4. Bill Enos, Waterville Valley, N.H., 1:20.29; 5. Mathias Behounek, GER, 1:20.41. OTHER U.S. RIDERS: 21. Manuel Mendoza, Kalispell, Mont.; 23. Thomas O’Brien; 24. Tom Lyman, Whitefish, Mont.; 39. Steve Persons, Whitefish, Mont.

Women: 1. Karine Ruby, FRA, 1:26.17; 2. Maria Pichler, AUT, 1:26.83; 3. Alexandra Krings, AUT, 1:27.91; 4. Tanja Fischer, GER, 1:29.05; 5.Ursula Fingelos, AUT, 1:29.18. U.S. RIFERS: 6. Stacia Hookum, Edwards, Colo.; 9. Sondra Van Ert, Ketchum, Colo.; 14. Lynn Ott, Bend, Ore.; 22. Ashley Rice, Santa Ynez, Calif.