Austria's Prommegger takes top seed in PGS

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Austria's Andreas Prommegger at the FIS Snowboard World Cup in January, 2010.

WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Austria's Andreas Prommegger has captured the top seed in men's parallel giant slalom on rain-soaked Cypress Mountain.

Prommegger was timed in 1 minute, 16.49 seconds for his two qualifying runs. Prommegger will face 16th-seed Chris Klug of the United States when the side-by-side elimination rounds begin later Saturday. The men race in elimination heats until two are left to vie for gold and silver, with a consolation race for bronze.

Sylvain Dufour of France qualified second, followed by Simon Schoch of Switzerland. American Tyler Jewell qualified sixth and Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson, a two-time PGS world champion, qualified 10th.

Nicolien Sauerbeij of the Netherlands won the women's event Friday.