Cheever fails in bid to repeat as US champion



PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Defending U.S. snowboardcross champion Jonathan Cheever joked that he was retiring after this race — from his moonlighting job as a plumber.

Instead, after failing Friday to qualify for the finals of the U.S. Grand Prix, Cheever likely will have to keep looking for those side jobs around Park City.

Cheever said he lacked aggressiveness, perhaps from a nasty crash he took in warm-ups Thursday after over-shooting the hip jump and going through the breakaway fences.

Teammate Graham Watanabe, who actually is retiring after this race, finds himself entering Sunday’s finals as the top American racer.