Klug hopes new lessons aid Olympics run

Bend native heads down the mountains Feb. 27 in BC games
by: Doug Pensinger, 
Bend native Chris Klug will compete in the Winter Olympics parallel giant slalom snowboard event on Feb. 27.

The Winter Olympics are set to go for the next 2 1/2 weeks in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, starting with the opening ceremonies, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 (on KGW-TV).

Bend native Chris Klug will be there again, competing for the third time in the parallel giant slalom snowboard event. And, the 37-year-old proclaimed himself ready, after placing high in two events recently at Mount Bachelor and writing on his Web site:

'I learned a few more good lessons that will benefit me in Vancouver. You'd have thought I'd learned 'em by now, but still improving after 27 years riding. The racing conditions were challenging with soft, bumpy courses, strong winds with difficult visibility. Hopefully it will toughen us up for Vancouver.'

The Tribune misstated some of Klug's story in the Feb. 4 edition. His story: He grew up in Bend and now lives part of the year in Aspen, Colo., and part in Sisters; he competed in the 1998 Winter Olympics (placing sixth) and 2002 Games, winning bronze, only 18 months after a liver transplant; he missed out on the 2006 Olympics because of some qualifying technicalities but rebounded to make the 2010 U.S. team, despite having to form his own team, America's Snowboard Team, and go the independent, unfunded route.

Klug competes on Feb. 27.

Bend's Tommy Ford is also in the Olympics, and he will compete in the giant slalom on Feb. 21.

The Olympics can be seen on KGW-TV, USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Universal Sports and Universal Sports HD.

Go to www.nbcolympics.org for television listings.