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Cabral, Bahrke wrap up World Cup titles

USSA and Tribune reports

Shannon Baker of the United States appears in action during the final World Cup Freestyle race at Voss in Central Norway, Saturday, March 1, 2003. (AP Photo/Scanpix, Thomas Bjornflaten) ** NORWAY OUT **

VOSS, Norway — Travis Cabral of South Lake Tahoe and Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City traveled the world to take on all freestyle comers and will return home with fitting trophies — globes.

The Lake Tahoe bump skiers won individual World Cup moguls titles on the final day of the season Saturday.

“It’s awesome. I don’t think it’s quite set in,” Cabral said a couple of hours later. “Jeremy (Bloom) told me it’d be a big feeling … and it is.”

Cabral, by finishing sixth Saturday, eclipsed Canadian Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau by 12 points for the men’s moguls title. He trailed the Canadian entering the final weekend.

He succeeds Jeremy Bloom– his roommate in Voss — as the men’s champ.

The title helps erase some of the frustration Cabral felt at the world championships at Deer Valley when he failed to medal after leading the moguls qualifying.

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“This was a goal and Worlds was, too. Worlds was a tough time for me, but this is a dream, something I’ve wanted for some time,” said the 19-year-old who grew up skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

After winning his first U.S. Nationals title at 15 in 1999, Cabral has always found a way to be ahead of the progression curve.

“I’ve had a few things where I was the youngest to do it and hopefully this is just the beginning,” said Cabral, the first South Shore skier to ever win a season series. “My ultimate goal, of course, is to do it at the Olympics and I’ve got a few years to get used to (being a contender).”

Cabral said he is already looking forward to defending his title next season.

“It’s good to know I can do it and it’ll be nice next season when the first event comes around I’m wearing the yellow bib, just a reminder that I’ve done it before and I can do it again,” Cabral said.

It was only the second time in history the U.S. has swept the Cups. In 1986, Mary Jo Tiampo and Steve Desovich each won World Cup moguls titles.

Bahrke, the silver medalist at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, enjoyed clinching her first moguls title in the hometown of moguls queen Kari Traa.

“Kari’s been coming to my country for four years and kicking my butt, so I think it was time I paid her back,” Bahrke said with a good-natured grin. “I think Kari really felt the pressure to do well at home, too.”

Bahrke won the final mogul World Cup for the season against Traa, the heavily favored hometown heroine, who came in third. She edged the Olympic champ, who won her second straight World Championships gold medals in moguls and duals just a month ago at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, by eight points in the season series.

It had been a horse race for most of the season as Traa and Bahrke traded off-and-on the yellow leader bib.

“It’s so cool, just amazing,” said Bahrke, who not only wore her signature red, white and blue glitter but threw in some purple and gray to vary the palette. “It was really tough, though. I mean, it was such a big hill to climb — Kari’s hometown. I took a breath and said, ‘Wow, you can do it’ and I just took it step by step. The conditions were really difficult: icy and the sun never got on it, but today were the best conditions we had all week.”

The men’s team closed the season with five in the top 10: Cabral as champion, Olympic medalist Travis Mayer third, Worlds moguls and duals medalist Toby Dawson in fourth place, Luke Westerlund seventh and World Cup rookie David Babic eighth.

The day also belonged, in part, to Westerlund, who scored his first podium of the season, finishing second behind Finland’s Janne Lahtela. Mayer and Dawson were close behind, finishing third and fourth, respectively.

FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CUP

Voss, NOR – March 1

Moguls (12 make finals)

Men

1. Janne Lahtela, Finland, 26.40

2. Luke Westerlund, Breckenridge, CO, 26.13

3. Travis Mayer, Steamboat Springs, CO, 25.74

4. Toby Dawson, Vail, CO, 25.34

5. Vitali Glushenko, Russia, 25.34

6. Travis Cabral, South Lake Tahoe, CA,

33. Chris Hernandez, South Lake Tahoe, CA

34. Mike Friedberg, Boulder, CO

Women

1. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 25.51

2. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.91

3. Kari Traa, Norway, 24.79

4. Krisit Richards, Canada, 24.50

5. Ingrid Berntsen, Norway, 24.44

7. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY

9. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV

17. Michelle Roark, Denver

19. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, CA

Final FIS World Cup Mogul Standings

Men

1. Cabral, 628

2. Rousseau, 616 (leads on tiebreaker)

3. Mayer, 616

4. Dawson, 596

5. Mikko Ronkainen, Finland, 576

7. Westerlund, 540

8. David Babic, Washington, VT, 504

13. Jeremy Bloom, Loveland, CO, 384

18. Friedberg, 328

26. Hernandez, 180

27. Brady Johnson, Littleton, CO, 172

34. Fred Mooney, Tabernash, CO, 84

40. Nate Roberts, Park City, UT, 32

Women

1. Bahrke, 684

2. Traa, 676

3. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 612

4. Berntsen, 604

5. Sandra Laoura, France, 588

6. Roark, 564

10. Vogtli, 480

12. Robertson, 460

15. Emiko Torito, Englewood, CO, 392

19. Shanley, 300

25. Justine Van Houte, Telluride, CO, 160

30. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 108

37. Lauren Crawford, Steamboat Springs, CO, 24

38. Jessica Davis, Tahoe City, CA, 20

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