Cabral regains World Cup lead |

Cabral regains World Cup lead

USSA and Tribune reports

INAWASHIRO, Japan — Travis Cabral of South Lake Tahoe regained the World Cup moguls lead Saturday as he won his third event of the season.

The 19-year-old Cabral edged newly crowned world champ Mikko Ronkainen of Finland by .17.

The victory moved Cabral back into the World Cup lead after eight events. Olympic silver medalist Travis Mayer of Steamboat Springs, Colo., who was 19th Saturday, finished in third place. Cabral, a Sierra-at-Tahoe-sponsored skier, leads second-place Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Canada by eight points and Mayer by 12.

Chris Hernandez, also from South Lake Tahoe, was among nine U.S. skiers — five men, four women — who reached top 12 finals.

Cabral, who won the opening event in Tignes, France, received 27.06 points with Ronkainen at 26.89.

“This is the toughest course of the year,” Cabral said, “but I always seem to like it. The top section was the most difficult. I thought that if I could get through that the rest would be easy.”

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Toby Dawson of Vail, Colo., overcoming back pain, which bothered him during Friday’s qualifications, was sixth.

Dave Babic of Washington, Vt., finished seventh and Hernandez was 12th.

Defending World Cup champion Jeremy Bloom of Loveland, Colo., skipped the contest to rest a sore knee.

In the women’s event, world championship gold medalist Kari Traa of Norway crushed the field for her fourth victory of the season, compiling 26.25 points, while Worlds silver medalist Michelle Roark of Denver was second at 24.76.

Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City was fourth as her moguls standings lead over Traa shrank to eight points.

The Tahoe-Reno area also produced two other women among the top 13 finishers.

Shelly Robertson of Reno came in sixth and Laurel Shanley of Squaw Valely finished 13th.

The traditional World Cup swing through Japan moves next to Madarao for moguls and dual moguls Saturday and Sunday.

World Cup Standings (Best 6 of 8 results)

1. Cabral, 512

2. Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Canada, 504

3. Mayer, 500

4. Dawson, 496

5. Ronkainen, 496