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Zurek takes snowboard title at X Games Global


Natasza Zurek, leading Team Canada, seized the snowboarding superpipe title at the inaugural X Games Global.

Zurek, a member of Canada's 2002 Winter Olympic team, led after the first round of the superpipe Friday with a score of 93 points, then did even better on her second attempt with a 95.33.

Japan's Junko Asazuma scored points for Team Asian by finishing second with 91.33 points while Norway's Anne Molin Kongsgaard, representing Europe, was third with 89.67. American Kelly Clark, half-pipe gold medallist at the 2002 Winter Olympics, was fourth with 89 points.

Each rider was given two runs and kept the highest score.

"The first run I was kind of stiff," said Zurek, who won US$15,000 Friday. "The second run I was more loosened up so I could ride even better."

Asia took the lead in the overall point standings when brothers Takeshi and Eito Yasutoko of Japan finished first and second in the aggressive in-line skating before a huge crowd in the heat of the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The made-for-TV competition combines skiing events at the Whistler-Blackcomb resort with skateboading, in-line skating and bike competitions in San Antonio, Texas. There will be 11 events in six summer and winter sports with teams from Canada, the US, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Points are awarded for individual events, with the primary goal to crown one of the six teams the global champion.

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