COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (Nov. 11) — Snowboarders Chris Klug (Aspen, CO)and Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK) — the first two riders to qualify forthe inaugural U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team in 1998 — capturedContinental Cup giant slalom wins Sunday with World Cup start spots onthe line.

Based on results from the GS and a parallel GS — the Olympic alpinesnowboard event — Sunday at Copper Mountain, U.S. Coaches Peter Foleyand Jan Wengelin will name riders for World Cup events in Europestarting Nov. 16 in Tignes, France. The U.S. team leaves Tuesday.

Klug had a two-run time of 1:06.90 to edge U.S. Snowboard Team riderPete Thorndike (Meredith, NH), whose time was 1:07.52. Third place wentto Ian Price (Bend, OR), who was .02 back of Thorndike. Sixty-four menraced.

In the women’s event, Fletcher cruised to victory by more than 3.5seconds, winning in 1:12.72. Runnerup was Claire Cetera (Sun Valley, ID)with a time of 1:16.23. Canadian Michelle Charles was third in the fieldof 36 with a 1:17.93 clocking.

Giant Slalom
1. Chris Klug, Aspen, Colo., 1:06.90
2. Pete Thorndike, Meredith, N.H., 1:07.51
3. Ian Price, Bend, Ore., 1:07.53
4. Jerome Sylvestre, Canada, 1:07.76
5. Jasey Jay Anderson, Canada, 1:08.76

1. Rosey Fletcher, Girdwood, Alaska, 1:12.72
2. Claire Cetera, Sun Valley, Idaho, 1:16.23
3. Michelle Charles, Canada, 1:17.93
4. Lynn Ott, Bend, Ore., 1:18.01
5. Alexa Loo, Canada, 1:18.35