After win, Gorgone aims high |

After win, Gorgone aims high

Richard Chittick

COPPER MOUNTAIN – When Michelle Gorgone won Thursday’s giant slalom event at Copper Mountain’s Continental Cup, it was the biggest event she has ever won as an alpine snowboarder.

“This is international competition, which is good,” she said Friday morning as she watched the parallel slalom event on Ptarmigan Run.

Going into the event, the 20-year-old from Sudbury, Mass., was ranked fifth in the nation in giant slalom. This victory likely will move her up to third or fourth.

Gorgone has been slowly working her way up the ranks of alpine snowboard racing for the last six years. She even went so far as to relocate from her home in Sudbury, Mass., to Steamboat Springs for her senior year of high school in 2002.

After winning the giant slalom at the U.S. Nationals in the spring of 2001, she jumped from the Development Team to the B-Team where she is still working on her skills.

“I want to start winning some World Cups and go to the 2006 Olympics,” she said. “And I would like to win a World Championship medal.”

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