February 22, 2006

Swiss Schoch beats brother to keep gold

BARDONECCHIA, Italy (Reuters) - Philipp Schoch became the
first snowboarder to retain an Olympic title when he edged out
older brother Simon in the final of the men's parallel giant
slalom on Wednesday.

Philipp gained a useful advantage over World Cup leader
Simon in the first run of the final on the easier blue course
and hung on in the second run when they switched sides to claim
Switzerland's third gold of the Turin Games.

Austria's Siegfried Grabner took bronze in the third/fourth
place play-off after France's Mathieu Bozzetto tumbled on the
first run.

The chance of a Swiss medal sweep ended when Heinz Inniger
and Gilles Jaquet both clipped gates and fell in the

The Schochs had outpaced the rest of the field in
qualifying with Simon, 27, just beating Philipp, 26, when the
pair also raced against each other in the early stages of the