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Ballachey 20th in World Cup opener

Brooke Ballachey of South Lake Tahoe opened her delayed 1999 World Cup freestyle skiing season with a 20th-place finish in women’s moguls at Mount Tremblant, Quebec, on Saturday.

Veteran World Cup skier Ann Battelle of Steamboat Springs, Colo., led the United States squad by finishing third with a score of 23.7.

“It’s a good way to start. Obviously, I’ve been sick, so I have to be happy,” said Battelle, who battled a week-long sore throat and flu.



Minna Karhu of Finland won the moguls with a final-run score of 25.15 points. Only the top 12 scorers advanced to the finals.

Justine Van Houte of Telluride, Colo., finished 10th, while Sharon Bahrke of Tahoe City came in 27th and Shelley Robertson of Reno placed 30th.




Former Olympic and World Cup champion Jean-Luc Brassard captured the men’s event with 26.70 points.

U.S. newcomer Toby Dawson, of Vail, Colo., who qualified for the C team after winning both selection events at Snowbird, Utah, last month, was the only American to qualify for the finals. He finished a surprising fifth at 26.13.

“Not too shabby at all. I was just excited to make finals in my first World Cup. That’s a big feat and I pulled through,” Dawson said.

Olympic and World Cup champion Jonny Moseley, who now calls Heavenly Ski Resort home as American Ski Company’s new learn-to-ski ambassador, skipped the event, but will compete at the Sprint Shootout Jan. 15-17 at Steamboat Springs, Colo., and at Heavenly Jan. 23.

Coverage of the World Cup opener can be seen Jan. 28 on the Outdoor Life Network.

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