Hookom third in PGS at Whiteface World Cup
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. ” Stacia Hookom (Edwards) produced her best World Cup result in four seasons Thursday, taking third in parallel giant slalom to open the State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup at Whiteface.
Hookom, one of three Amercian women to make the final, knocked out 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Rosey Fletcher (Girdwood, AK) in the first round to cruise onto the podium. Michelle Gorgone (Sudbury, MA), also a member of the 2006 Olympic Team, finished sixth after falling in the quarter finals to the eventual winner Julie Pomagalski of France. Olympic gold medalist Daniela Mueli of Switzerland rounded out the podium in second. Fletcher was ninth.
“Rosey and I have a big history and we have a very competitive relationship,” said Hookom, who is in her 12th year with U.S. Snowboarding. She’s more my teammate than she is the bronze medalist. This was huge for me because I only had one day of snowboarding before this race. I hadn’t been on my board since the last Olympic qualifier, which was six weeks ago, so I really just came here to have fun. But when I made it to the round of four, I knew that I had a chance and I really wanted to win.”
For Fletcher, Lake Placid has always been special as the three-time Olympian claimed the silver medal in 2000 at the only Winter Goodwill Games and was third one year ago at the first State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup.
“Coming to Lake Placid again is kind of bittersweet because this is my last official World Cup and coming here from Torino, that’s the bittersweet part, I have basically accomplished 14 years worth of blood, sweat and tears. It was the goal of my life to be on the Olympic podium and it’s so hard to come back and have that fire again.”
In men’s competition, 2006 Olympian Tyler Jewell was the lone American to make the 16-rider final, finishing seventh on a day where conditions changed from sleet to rain and back to sleet.
“The course held up really good, especially during the finals – I like it when it gets tough,” said Jewell, who finished 11th in Torino. “It’s always good to race in the U.S., but coming from the Olympics is a lot different. I got my 11th result and I’m proud of that result, but I’m more proud of a step I took mentally. I figured some things out in Italy. Sometimes a result doesn’t show what you’ve taken away from the race. I learned a lot from the Olympics and I learned a lot on how to deal with the pressure. Now I want to make that next step and catch up with the Swiss guys.”
In an Olympic finals rematch, gold medalist Philipp Schoch of Switzerland bested his older brother Simon one more time to claim the repeat parallel giant slalom victory on the 1980 Olympic mountain. Austrian Andreas Prommegger was third after narrowly ousting teammate Siegfried Grabner in the semi-final to stifle a complete Olympic podium repeat.
The State Farm U.S. Snowboard continues Saturday with halfpipe featuring Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen/Snowmass) followed by snowboardcross on Sunday headlined by Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott (Carrabassett Valley, ME).
SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP
State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup
Whiteface Lake Placid, N.Y – Jan. 20, 2006
1. Philipp Schoch, Switzerland
2. Simon Schoch, Switzerland
3. Andreas Prommegger, Austria
4. Siegrfied Grabner, Austria
5. Nicolas Huet, France
7. Tyler Jewell, Sudbury, Mass.
17. Chris Klug, Aspen, Colo.
18. Eric Warren, Bennington, Vt.
20. Adam Smith, Tangent, Ore.
24. Josh Wylie, Londonderry, Vt.
26. Peter Thorndike, Meredith, N.H.
27. Vic Wild, White Salmon, Wash.
33. Justin Reiter, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
36. Ryan McDonald, Entiat, Wash.
39. Garrett Sorteberg, Edina, Minn.
41. David Manthei, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
1. Julie Pomagalski, France
2. Daniela Mueli, Switzerland
3. Stacia Hookom, Edwards, Colo.
4. Alexa Loo, Canada
5. Ursula Bruhin, Switzerland
6. Michelle Gorgone, Sudbury, Mass.
9. Rosey Fletcher, Girdwood, Alaska
17. Lynn Ott, Bend, Ore.
21. Erica Mueller, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
22. Abby Champagne, Chester, N.H.
23. Lindsey Lloyd, Centerville, Utah
27. Jessie Hazen, Denver, Colo.
31. Michelle Panagos, Westfield, N.J.
Heather Herde, Oxford, Conn.
For complete details: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=18585
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