'Boat's Jewell scores a silver

Alpine snowboarder has podium finish

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— Tyler Jewell landed on the podium Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a second-place finish - his best World Cup finish to date.

The Alpine snowboarder, who trains in Steamboat Springs, worked his way through the brackets of the World Cup Parallel Giant Slalom en route to a silver-medal showing. It was the second time this season he's been on a World Cup podium. In January, he finished third in a World Cup in Spain.

He defeated Austrian Benjamin Karl in the semifinals and lost a tight race with Mathieu Bozzetto of France in the finals.

"This was great. My family's here and so are my nephews. I wanted to get them here to see this so they can start snowboarding, too," Jewell said in a news release. " It's just great to be here on my home turf."

Jewell was born in Boston and grew up on the East Coast. He moved to Steamboat Springs before the 2006 Olympic Games and started training with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

He was one of eight riders from Steamboat in the men's field of Monday's Visa U.S. Snowboarding Cup.

Teammate Justin Reiter also qualified for the finals and finished 15th, Vic Wild was 22nd, Zachary Kay was 24th, Benjamin Fairchild was 31st, Joshua Wylie was 36th, Michael Trapp was 47th, and Darren Ratcliffe was 50th.

Former SSWSC club member Michelle Gorgone was the top American woman in 18th. Current SSWSC members Madeline Wiencke finished 40th, and Erica Mueller was 43rd.

-To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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