Klug loses challenge to make Olympic Snowboard Team

PARK CITY, Utah – Arbitrators denied snowboarder Chris Klug’s challenge over selection criteria for the U.S. Olympic team Friday, meaning the part-time Sisters resident will not be on the U.S. team heading to the Olympics.

Tyler Jewell will remain on the 2006 U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team. An arbitrator in Denver denied a challenge brought by 2002 Olympic medalist Klug over selection criteria for the parallel giant slalom team and instead upheld USSA’s interpretation and application of the criteria.

“Arbitration is a very important part of the Olympic athletic selection process,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) President and CEO Bill Marolt.

Jewell had been nominated to the team based upon the higher average of his two best World Cup points results earned during the selection period. Klug questioned the interpretation, arguing that his 15th and 16th place World Cup finishes were better results than Jewell’s 9th and 24th place finishes. The arbitrator determined that USSA’s use of World Cup points was valid and well understood by the athletes.

Given the overall stronger results in all other snowboard disciplines, the selection criteria allowed only one spot to USSA in men’s parallel giant slalom within the IOC-mandated overall team size of 16.

“Both Chris and Tyler are outstanding, world-class athletes and either would be a great Olympian,” said USSA’s Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley. “We greatly respect Chris for his accomplishments in the sport.”