KREISCHBERG, Austria- U.S. Snowboarding's Michelle Gorgone (Boston) kept up her stride in parallel slalom, finishing fourth during a World Cup night event in Austria on Wednesday. Amelie Kober of Germany won the women's race, followed by Tomoka Takeuchi of Japan in second and Austrian Heidi Neururer in third.
According to U.S. Snowboarding Alpine Head Coach Steve Persons, being a smart racer is what has pushed Gorgone's parallel slalom racing.
"She's been riding some really nice parallel slalom. She's being smart about it and knowing where she can be fast on the course and where she needs to think," Persons said. "That's how she got so high in the finals.
"Towards the end she got a little greedy and took a tighter line on the pitch and it didn't pay off for her. Otherwise, I think she was one of the fastest girls on the top for sure."
For Gorgone, confidence has played a big role in her ability to race to the top.
"She's getting in to it and it was fun to listen to her after the race. She knows she can do it and that's great that she can do the slalom because it will only make her better in giant slalom," Persons said. "She's got a lot of confidence and it shows, which is a big step for her in the right direction."
2009 LG SNOWBOARD FIS WORLD CUP
Kreischberg, Austria - Jan. 7, 2009
1. Amelie Kober, Germany
2. Tomoka Takeuchi, Japan
3. Heidi Neururer, Austria
4. Michelle Gorgone, Boston
5. Claudia Riegler, Austria
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