Smith, Fletcher and U.S. snowboard alpine team ready for busy December |

Smith, Fletcher and U.S. snowboard alpine team ready for busy December

Daily News staff report

TANDADALEN, Sweden – Following a week of training with the Swedish team and two Continental Cup races at Copper Mountain, the U.S. alpine riders return to World Cup action Thursday with a parallel giant slalom in Tandadalen, Sweden.

Heading the U.S. contingent of five men and four women are Adam Smith, who already has one World Cup victory this year, and Rosey Fletcher, who won last season’s parallel slalom in Sweden.

Also representing the U.S. is 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug, fresh off a Continental Cup win over the reigning Olympic silver medalist Richard Rikardsson of Sweden, along with 2003 Grand Prix champ Pete Thorndike, Ryan McDonald and new addition to the U.S. B Team Eric Warren.

Joining Fletcher is two-time Olympian Lisa Kosglow, Stacia Hookom (Edwards) and Michele Gorgone, who notched her first major career win with a Continental Cup parallel giant slalom victory at Copper Mountain.

Tandadalen kicks off a busy December for the U.S. riders, who return to North America for Canadian World Cup stops at Whistler and Stoneham, with the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix at Park City, Utah, sandwiched in between.

All finish before the Christmas holiday.

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