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Gorgone zips through qualifying

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 26, 2010 02:40 PM

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Boston's Michelle Gorgone advanced out of the qualifying round in the parallel giant slalom competition on Cypress Mountain this morning.

Her time of 40.19 in her first of two runs was the fastest among all snowboarders and earned her a berth in the field of 16 finalists. Those races begin at 3:15 p.m.

With a solid result in the bank she took a less aggressive second run and finished with a 1:24.63 combined, with her 44.44 the slowest second run among the qualifiers.

Gorgone is aiming to become just the second US medalist in parallel GS since it became an Olympic sport in 1998.

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