Simmons performs well in theWorld Cup

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Snowboarder Erin Simmons is getting a little tired of placing second.

First she took the silver at the X Games in the boardercross. Then last Sunday, just when it appeared she would capture her first World Cup victory, American Lindsey Jacobellis passed her at a World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y.

"It's difficult to take," Simmons said about her string seconds. "Now I want to win."

She said that after shaking off a close call in the first heat, she rebounded by winning her second heat. She was leading the finals, before surrendering the lead to Jacobellis on the final jump.

"I got a little too far left," Simmons said. "She took a better line, and I let her get by."

Still, she admits it's hard to complain about a second-place result in the World Cup. Now, she is hoping to use it as motivation for World Cup events in Spain and Sweden. It also may motivate her at the Canadian National Championships later this month.

"It my best finish on the World Cup," Simmons said. "So now I'm hoping to use it."

Simmons' showing was just one of several top finishes at last weekend's World Cup events in Lake Placid

Steamboat Alpine coach Thedo Remmelink said the event was great for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club program because the United States got several additional quota spots, which allowed several local riders to make the trip.

"It was a rare opportunity for some of the younger riders to get World Cup experience," Remmelink said.

But it was a former Winter Sports Club rider who highlighted the Alpine results.

Michelle Gorgone finished second to Switzerland's Daniela Meuli in the parallel giant slalom March 3.

Gorgone, who trained in Steamboat under former director Mike Mallon, was the top American finisher in the event.

The top current rider was Erica Mueller in 34th. Teammates Serina Eden was 36th, Kimiko Zakreski was 37th, and Andi Stump was 40th.

Swiss rider Philipp Schoch won the men's giant slalom race.

Steamboat's Josh Wylie, who posted the third-fastest qualifying time, finished 18th, and Tyler Jewell was 21st.

"I think it was a very good showing for Josh," Remmelink said. "His qualifying time was very good, and it shows that he can ride at this level."

Several Steamboat riders, including Justin Reiter, Jewell and Mueller, left for Europe this week to compete in World Cup and other FIS events in Spain and Sweden.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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