February 21, 2006
Anderson fan of old event
ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

BARDONECCHIA, Italy -- Despite being Canada's top racer for tomorrow's parallel giant slalom event, snowboarder Jasey-Jay Anderson admits he doesn't really want to compete in the race.

Not just tomorrow but ever.

"I'm not a big fan of parallel to tell you the truth," said Anderson, 30.

"I'm a giant slalom guy. My event doesn't exist anymore but I'm still here for some reason."

When snowboard first appeared at the Olympics in 1998, Whistler's Ross Rebagliati gave the giant slalom instant profile in Canada when he won the race, tested positive for "second-hand smoke" and got the medal back.

However, that event has been scrubbed and replaced by the parallel event that sees two competitors go head-to-head, with the racer with the best combined time over two runs advancing to the next round.

"Parallel is too short and there's not enough terrain," said Anderson, ranked 24th in the discipline.

"I don't want to be a pessimist -- I enjoy carving and riding a good high-performance board -- but 10 runs in a day is too much, too long. The old GS system where you combined your two runs and the fastest time won is the way to do it."

Anderson finished fifth in the first Olympic snowboard cross event last week.







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