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Justin Goto-Reiter finishes second at Race to the Cup

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Special to the DailySummit High School graduate Justin Goto-Reiter turns around a gate last year. Goto-Reiter finished second at the inaugural Race to the Cup alpine snowboard series event earlier this month.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – U.S. Snowboard Team riders Tyler Jewell and two-time Olympian Lisa Kosglow topped the field of 45 men and 23 women on Howelson Hill at the inaugural Race to the Cup alpine snowboard series earlier this month.

Justin Goto-Reiter, another Steamboat local and graduate of Summit High School , grabbed second for the men, and was followed by Jeff Greenwood (Boulder), who is taking a year off the World Cup circuit to gas up for the 2006 Olympic push.

The victory secured Jewell a spot at the March 5-7 World Cup at Mount Bachelor, Ore., but since Kosglow already holds a World Cup position, second place finisher Erica Mueller (Steamboat Springs) was able to thrill the hometown crowd and take the women’s slot at Mount Bachelor.

“This was a great way to start the year and really showcase alpine snowboarding in North America,” said Thedo Remmelink, head coach of the Steamboat Winter Sports Club. “We had some adversity with the weather to start the weekend but everything fell into place and the event ran pretty well.”

The Race to the Cup resumes on Jan. 31 with parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vt., before concluding at Crystal Mountain, Wash., on Feb. 28-29.

The top male and female giant slalom finisher at each event will win an automatic start at the Mount Bachelor World Cup.

Three additional male and female riders will then be selected by U.S. coaches at the end of the series to compete at Mount Bachelor.

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