Simmons snags bronze


Canadian snowboarder Erin Simmons, who lives and trains in Steamboat Springs, won two bronze medals at Thursday's and Friday's World Cup races in Whistler, British Columbia.

They were her third and fourth World Cup medals in boardercross.

Boardercross is a snowboard race pitting competitors against one another instead of a clock.

"In the first corner, I got pinched a little, and after that, we basically stayed 1-2-3 the rest of the way," Simmons said about Thursday's race in a statement released by the Canadian Snowboard Federation. "I had a strong final, and I'm happy with my day."

Simmons is from Vancouver, B.C., and grew up snowboarding at Whistler.

"I usually struggle here on my home course, but it was different (Thursday and Friday). When I ride here, my parents and friends are in attendance, which makes me even more nervous, but I decided to keep calm and have fun."

Simmons, a member of the Mavericks Freeride Team at Steamboat Ski Area, has been named to the Canadian Olympic team in boardercross. Boardercross, or snowboard cross, makes its Olympic debut at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail


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