Alaskan Fletcher wins snowboarding event

Posted: Monday, January 08, 2001

KREISCHBERG, Austria -- Rosey Fletcher of Girdwood and Mathieu Bozzetto of France won the women's and men's divisions of parallel slalom snowboarding events Sunday on the World Cup circuit.

Fletcher was followed by Jana Sedova of Slovakia and Isabelle Blanc of France.

The victory lifted Fletcher into third place in the standings. Kartine Ruby of France is first and Blanc is second.

Jet lag wasn't a problem for Fletcher, who had a long weekend. Fletcher competed Friday in a Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix parallel giant slalom in Breckenridge, Colo. She then flew over to Europe to race in the World Cup season's second parallel slalom. Fletcher defeated Slovakia's Jana Sedova in head-to-head action in the finals.

"We just got here last night from the Grand Prix at Breckenridge, so we didn't sleep a lot. But maybe that's why it worked fine for me -- I just didn't put too much pressure on me," said Fletcher, who finished fifth in Friday's Grand Prix PGS.

Bozzetto defeated Austria's Dieter Krassnig in the final of the knockout competition for his second victory of the season. Germany's Markus Ebner eliminated Sweden's Richard Richardsson for third place.

Nicolas Huet of France finished fifth to retain the lead in the standings after four races. Bozzetto is in second place. The top American was U.S. Snowboard Team racer Anton Pogue (Hood River, Ore.), who tied for 17th. Chris Klug (Aspen, Colo.), the only other American racing, placed 31st.



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