SSWSC boarders return with top results

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Snowboarding coach Thedo Remmelink was trying to shake off the effects of jet lag Wednesday, but his fatigue couldn't hide his enthusiasm as he passed along the results from his team's latest trip to Europe.

"It was a very good trip from our team," Remmelink said. "It shows our team is on the right track for a successful season."

For the 14 members of the Winter Sports Club who went to Europe, the trip was a chance to gain experience and, as it turned out, pick up some top international results.

Steamboat snowboarder Justin Reiter remained red-hot in Europe by posting the best World Cup finish of his career in Kronplatz, Switzerland, on Dec. 4. He finished 23rd overall and was the third-highest American in the results behind Chris Klug (fourth) and Adam Smith (19th).

The rest of the Steamboat team competed in Nendaz, Switzerland, where the men's and women's teams picked up top results.

Zachary Kay, the top American finisher, led the men in the event in sixth place.

Austria's Benjamin Karl won the parallel slalom, which was a Europa Cup.

Other top Steamboat finishers included Vic Wild in seventh, Tim Heinel in 13th and David Manthei in 17th. Steamboat's Eric Haskins had his best result of the trip by finishing 25th. He broke his collarbone shortly after the competition.

Kimiko Zakreski, a Canadian rider training with the Winter Sports Club, led the Steamboat racers with an eighth-place finish. Erica Mueller was 12th.

The next day, the Steamboat riders took part in another Europa Cup parallel slalom event at the same location.

Manthei led the Steamboat team with a seventh-place finish in the race won by Austrian rider Stefan Pletzer. Austrian Maria Ramberger topped the women's field. Steamboat's Zakreski finished eighth in the woman's race, Mueller was 12th, and Eden Serina placed 14th for the Steamboat team.

From Switzerland, the Steamboat team traveled to Austria for one final Europa Cup and an FIS race at Haus im Ennstal.

Although the location changed, the parade of top Steamboat results didn't.

Austria's Andreas Prommegger won the men's parallel giant slalom Sunday. Steamboat Springs' Josh Wylie was the top American rider in sixth place. Reiter was 10th, Tyler Jewell finished 15th, and Manthei finished 27th in the competitive field.

Nicolien Sauerbreij topped the women's field. The top U.S. finish came from national team members Stacia Hookom in 15th place and Lynn Ott in 21st.

The next day, the same field lined up for an FIS race. Prommegger made it 2-for-2 by picking up his second win in two days.

Steamboat's Jewell was the best American in sixth place.

Steamboat's Kay finished in seventh, Wylie finished in eighth, Reiter finished in 11th, Manthei finished in 25th, and Wild was 27th.

Sauerbreij led the women's field for the second day. Former Winter Sports Club rider Michelle Gorgone led the Americans with an eighth-place finish. Lisa Kosglow was 11th.

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