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Hight takes third in Park City

Elena Hight rides to a third-place finish during the women's competition of the World Super Pipe Championships, Saturday, March 12, 2005, in Park City, Utah. ( Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

Zephyr Cove 15-year-old Elena Hight continued her impressive month by finishing in third place behind Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, respectively, at the 2005 World Superpipe Championships over the weekend at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah.

Hight, who took second at this same event last season, scored an 82, just over six points behind Bleiler (88.3). Teter scored a 92.67 and grabbed first-place honors after the highlight of her second run included an off-axis 900. On her third run, Teter followed up that trick with another off-axis 900 followed by a McTwist into a fakey 720.

In the skier division, Squaw Valley’s Sean Field tied with two others riders for third place after all three athletes earned an 83.3. Heavenly’s Brent Abrams also participated in the competition.

At the Gravity Games on March 5 in Copper Mountain, Colo., Hight took third behind the same two girls in the halfpipe. In that event, Bleiler took first and Teter placed second.

Holland wins first World Cup

North Shore snowboarder Nate Holland won his first World Cup victory in boardercross last Friday in Sierra Nevada, Spain. The win vaulted him to the No. 7 spot on the most recent SBX World Cup Overall rankings.

He is currently the top ranked American rider on the list.

Holland already had a seventh-place finish at the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix at Mount Bachelor, Ore., and a fourth-place finish last week in Lake Placid, N.Y.

“After my ankle injury at my right foot which I suffered in Japan last year I had a really slow start in the season,” Holland said. “I rarely made it to the finals, but I was getting better and better the last competitions.Taking the fourth spot in Lake Placid made me proud and was good for my self esteem. But now I’m finally on top where I belong.”

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