Ballachey misses moguls finals, will have to wait for World duals
MEIRINGEN, Switzerland – South Tahoe mogul skier Brooke Ballachey finished 22nd in qualifying runs for the single moguls finals during Monday’s opening competition at the 1999 Freestyle World Championships in Meiringen.
Only the top 16 men and women from Monday’s single moguls qualifications progress to the single moguls finals on Wednesday, meaning Ballachey will have to wait for another shot at a freestyle finals. Ballachey’s freestyle specialty is dual moguls, and she will have an opportunity later this week to qualify for Sunday’s dual finals.
In other U.S. team action, newly crowned World Cup moguls champion Ann Battelle (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) leads a group of five U.S. skiers into moguls finals after qualifications Monday.
Battelle and teammate Justine Van Houte (Telluride, Colo.) qualified for women’s finals, finishing second and 15th respectively on Monday. For the men, 1999 World Cup Rookie of the Year Caleb Martin (Telluride, Colo.) moves on to finals with a 7th place finish, along with teammates Toby Dawson (Vail, Colo.), 9th, and Alex Wilson (Buffalo, N.Y.), 10th.
In addition to Ballachey’s absence from the finals, ’99 World Cup Dual Moguls Champion Michelle Roark (Denver, Colo.) did not make the
women’s top-16 cut; Roark’s binding released after the first jump.
Competitors fought to finish the rugged mogul course at Magisalp, the freestyle venue located on the mountain far above Meiringen. “This course and the ’95 World Championships course at La Clusaz, France are the gnarliest courses I’ve ever skied,” said Battelle, who won her first World Cup mogul title two weeks ago in Madarao, Japan.
Caleb Martin won the 1999 Freestyle Rookie of the Year award on Sunday evening. The Rookie of the Year award is annually given to the male and female
athletes who show excellence and consistency in their first year of World Cup competition. The athletes are nominated and voted on by the team leaders of every competiting nation. Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, Calif.), who will compete in dual moguls at this week’s Worlds, was one of two finalists for female Rookie of the Year; Norway’s Ingrid Berntsen won the award.
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