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Smith, Frei win snowboard cross races

1/14/2006

PLAN DE CORONES, Italy -- Jason Smith of the United States
beat Switzerland's Marco Hauser and American teammate Jayson Hale
to win a World Cup snowboard cross race in northern Italy on
Saturday.

Sandra Frei of Switzerland took the women's cross event, ahead
of French veteran Karine Ruby and Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria.

It was the first win this season for Smith and Frei.

Xavier Delerue of France leads the World Cup cross standings
with 3,372 points, 22 points ahead of Canada's Jasey Jay Anderson.
Smith moved up to 11th place.

Dominique Maltais, who finished fifth in the women's race, leads
the women's standings with 3,690 points. Her Canadian teammate,
Maelle Ricker, is second with 3,510.