Byrnes Wins Women's Halfpipe
Mar. 22, 2002
TANDADALEN, Sweden (AP) _ Snowboarder Tricia Byrnes won for the second time in her last three World Cup halfpipe events on Friday night, beating Gretchen Bleiler in an all-American final.
Byrnes, who finished sixth in the halfpipe at the Winter Olympics, also won in Japan when the World Cup race resumed following the game. Last weekend, Byrnes was second in the U.S. Open at Stratton, Vt., behind Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark.
``Once the Olympics were over it was great to have some races, but it's hard to keep the motivation,'' said Byrnes, who won her first World Cup halfpipe in 1997.
Switzerland's Therry Brunner won the men's event with overall halfpipe champion Jan Michaelis of Germany second and Finland's Risto Mattila third.
Among the women, Nicola Pederzolli of Austria topped the overall standings ahead of Germany's Sabine Wehr-Hasler.
Both overall championships were decided in last week's World Cup meet in Finland.