|Friday, January 4
Updated: January 8, 1:50 PM ET
Pogue wins in latest battle for Olympic berths
BEND, Ore. -- Local snowboarder Anton Pogue edged U.S. teammate Chris Klug in a parallel giant slalom Friday at Mount Bachelor in the latest battle for Olympic berths.
Pogue, of Hood River, a two-time medalist in slalom events in the snowboarding World Championships, had the fastest qualifying time and upset Klug, a 1998 Olympian from Aspen, Colo., in the finals.
Eric Warren of Bennington, Vt., finished third on the opening day of the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, which runs through Sunday.
"I was nervous on the second run, but I just kept telling myself to nail this run and not worry about anything else," Pogue said. "I think I'm peaking at the right time. It feels so good to win this on my home mountain."
Stacia Hookom of Edwards, Colo., won the PGS, in which riders duel on side-by-side courses, then switch courses.
Lisa Kosglow of Boise, Idaho, another '98 Olympian, was second, and Sondra Van Ert of Ketchum, Idaho, was third.
Both winners received $10,000. Olympic selections will be made later this month, based on a rider's two best results in five designated events. The PGS riders still have two World Cup events in Europe before the team is chosen.