Reiter earns top World Cup finish

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Justin Reiter was the top American finisher Wednesday in a World Cup parallel giant slalom race held in Bardonecchia, Italy, the site of the 2006 Olympic Games.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club rider placed 14th in the race, which Swiss rider Heinz Inniger won. Inniger was joined on the podium by teammates Simon Schoch, who finished second, and Philipp Schoch, who took third at the event.

Reiter, who has had an impressive season to this point, continued to make his case for an invitation to the 2006 Olympics with the top 20 finish. He was one of two Americans to advance to the finals. Teammate Peter Thorndike was 16th.

Steamboat's Tyler Jewell finished 22nd, despite losing his snowboard somewhere between a NorAm in Canada and the Denver International Airport. When the snowboard didn't arrive in time for his flight to Italy, Jewell borrowed a similar board from teammate Reiter.

"There were some differences, and I'm sure he would have done better with his own board, but he made the most of a bad situation and had a strong showing," coach Thedo Remmelink said.

Michelle Gorgone, the top American in the women's race, also has ties to Steamboat Springs. She trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for two years before being named to the U.S. Snowboard Team.

Gorgone finished seventh in the World Cup race, followed by Americans Lisa Kosglow in 16th and Stacia Hookom in 21st. Swiss rider Ursula Bruhin won the event, and Italy's Marion Posch was second.

The race was the latest in a series of strong showings for members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Erica Mueller and Josh Wylie also enjoyed top results Wednesday during a Europa Cup parallel giant slalom in Bischofswiesen-Gtschen, Germany.

Mueller finished second to Germany's Rosa Czipf. Winter Sports Club rider Caroline Calve was 11th, and Ekaterina Zavialova was 30th.

Wylie finished third behind the event winner Alex Deubl of Germany.

Steamboat's Zac Kay was seventh, David Manthei was 11th, and Vic Wild was 19th. Steamboat's Quinn Orb placed 21st, and Tim Heinel was 30th.

The European trip followed a Saturday stop in Mount Norquay, Alberta, where Steamboat riders swept the top spots in the men's and women's NorAm races.

Jewell won the men's event, and Zavialova took top honors for the women.

Other top finishers included Wylie in third, Kay in seventh and Manthei in eighth in the men's division. On the women's side, Lindsay Lloyd was second, Johanna Shaw was third, Mueller was fourth, and Andi Stump was fifth. Jourdan Donoho was seventh.

"These were really good results for our team," Remmelink said. "These three events were very important for our riders in terms of points and shows that we are on the right track."

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