Jewell returns to World Cup


— Nearly three weeks after he made his first Olympic appearance, Steamboat Springs Tyler Jewell returned to the World Cup tour with a seventh-place showing at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y., last week.

Jewell advanced to the second round of the parallel giant slalom before being knocked out of the competition. Swiss rider Phillip Schoch, who won the gold medal in Italy last month, won the race by his beating older brother Simon in the finals -- a replay of Olympic competition. Austrian Andreas Prom--megger placed third, and teammate Siegfried Grabner was fourth.

Other top Steamboat finishes included Josh Wyle in 24th, Vik Wild in 27th and Zachary Kay in 29th. Justin Reiter was 33rd, and David Manthei placed 41st. American Chris Klug, who challenged Jewell for his Olympic spot before the games, placed 17th.

France's Julie Pomagalski won the women's race, defeating 2006 Olympic gold medalist Daniela Meuli, of Switzerland, in the final. American Stacia Hookom finished third, and former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club racer Michelle Gorg--one was sixth. Olympic bronze medalist Rosey Fletcher placed ninth. Other Steamboat finishes included Kimiko Zak--reski in 20th, Erica Mueller in 21st, Lindsay Lloyd in 23rd and Eden Serina in 25th.

The four-day World Cup competition at Whiteface Mountain came to a close on a tragic note Sunday when Swedish boardercross rider Jonathan Johansson died while training. The 26-year-old Olympian lost control on one of his jumps while making a training run. He tried to correct himself but landed hard, suffering multiple internal injuries.

Officials said Johansson landed within the course boundaries and was wearing a helmet. Officials said he did not hit a tree, a pole or any other obstacle.


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