Call takes fourth in Verbier Extreme

Juneau snowboarder one of five to make the finals

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2002

Ashley Call of Juneau finished fourth in the Red Bull Extreme Snowboarding Championships in Verbier, Switzerland, on Monday.

Call, who tied for the victory two years ago, was in third place after Monday's preliminaries but dropped a spot in the finals. The top-five finishers in Monday's prelims advanced to the finals. Call finished 12th last year.

Alex Coudray of Switzerland won the event with 8.83 points, while Florian Orley of Austria took second place with 8.78. Steve Klassen of Mammoth, Calif., took third place with 8.67 points, followed by Call with 8.33 and Jose Carron of Switzerland with 5.83.

Of the 16 men invited to the competition, two of the three Americans were from Juneau.

The other Juneau resident, Mark Schultz, finished 16th in the preliminaries with a score of 4.50 points.

The snowboarders were judged based on how they skied their chosen lines down the Bec des Rosses peak near Verbier. Coudray won because he jumped the biggest cliff of the day and landed with a perfect 360. Orley had a quicker time, but a landing problem dropped his score. Klassen had the cleanest run of the top-three finishers, but his line wasn't as difficult as those chosen by the other two top finishers.

No comments were available about Call's line in the finals, but in his prelims run he chose a line similar to the one he used when he won in 2000. Event officials said his line was "rapid, fluid and technical."

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