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Gorgone sixth in Sunday River
SUNDAY RIVER, ME - New England's own Mochelle Gorgone (Boston) led the way for the U.S. alpine snowboarders Thursday, finishing sixth in a parallel giant slalom at the 2009 Visa U.S. Snowboarding Cup at Sunday River Resort in Maine. Amelie Kober of Germany won the and women's event.
"I felt good all day," Gorgone said. "Sometimes you go into a course and it's made for you and you're blowing people away and sometimes you're just well matched. Today I was well matched. It was definitely within reach, but I wasn't blowing anyone away."
Gorgone took a turn too wide and went out in the second run of the quarterfinals.
As far as U.S. Snowboarding Alpine Head Coach Steve Persons is concerned, Thursday's race is going to be a positive thing for Gorgone.
"I think it was a step in the right direction for her. She's started to pick up her top end speed, so we've had some good results for her," Persons said.
"I got a little off balance and started going toward the fence and never went back the other direction where I was supposed to go," Gorgone said. "I felt good today but there's not much I can do now."
"I'd like to have seen her go another round just for her confidence, but I do think it will help in the next two races," Persons added.
However, according to Gorgone, despite her finish, riding at Sunday River was great.
"They did a great job. The hill is great, the conditions were awesome, great course sets by our coaches and everything just fell into place," Gorgone said.
LG FIS SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP
VISA U.S. SNOWBOARDING CUP
Sunday River, ME - Feb. 26, 2009
Parallel Giant Slalom
1. Amelie Kober, Germany
2. Tomoka Takeuchi, Japan
3. Alexa Loo, Canada
4. Claudia Riegler, Austria
5. Nicolien Sauerbreij, Netherlands
6. Michelle Gorgone, Boston
(Top 16 make finals)
28. Lynn Ott, Bend, OR
33. Madeline Wiencke, White Bear Lake, MN
37. Kindsay Lloyd, Centerville, UT
38. Erica Mueller, Steamboat Springs, CO
39. Andi-Jo Stump, Wenatchee, WA
40. Jessie Hazen, Denver
41. Abby Champagne, Chester, NH
42. Heather Herde, Oxford, CT
21. August 63
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