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Battelle Fattens World Cup Lead With Second Win

INAWASHIRO, Japan – Defending World Cup moguls champion Ann Battelle won her second contest in three weeks Saturday, leading three U.S. teammates into the top seven.

Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City was the next-best American, finishing fourth with a score of 22.24.

Battelle, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was second Friday behind Sweden’s Marja Elfman in qualifying, but received 22.64 points to 22.37 for Elfman. German Sandra Schmitt finished third with 22.34.



Other top American finishes included Justine Van Houte of Telluride, Colo., sixth, 21.44; and Jillian Vogtli of Ellicotville, N.Y., seventh, 21.38.

Alex Wilson of Buffalo, N.Y., had the top U.S. men’s result, finishing seventh behind men’s leader Janne Lahtela, who won for the fourth time in six events.




Lahtela received 24.31 for his final run to stop Japan’s Yugo Tsukita (23.88). Norwegian Stian Overaa finished third (23.54). Wilson was seventh at 23.08 while Evan Dybvig of Tunbridge, Vt., was 11th at 21.41.

In the World Cup standings, with one contest remaining, Battelle leads with 384 points to 372 for Elfman. Bahrke is sixth with 340 points and Vogtli – coming back from a year off after knee surgery – is 11th.

Lahtela is the runaway leader among the men with 400 points to 368 for teammate Sami Mustonen. The top U.S. skiers are: Wilson in seventh (316) and Dybvig in eighth (308).

The U.S. moguls skiers return home for some down time before going to Lake Placid, N.Y., for the inaugural Winter Goodwill Games on Feb. 16-20. The next World Cup bumps contest is the World Cup Finals March 15 in Livigno, Italy.

WORLD CUP MOGULS RESULTS

Inawashiro, Japan

Feb. 5

Women

1. Ann Battelle, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 22.64

2. Marja Elfman, Sweden, 22.37

3. Sandra Schmitt, Germany, 22.34

4. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, Calif., 22.24

5. Corinne Bodmer, Switzerland, 21.82

6. Justine Van Houte, Telluride, Colo., 21.44

7. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, N.Y., 21.38

8. Maria Despas, Australia, 20.87

9. Anne-Marie Pelchat, Canada, 20.43

10. Ingrid Berntsen, Norway, 18.71

11. Margaret Marbler, Austria, 12.44

12. Kari Traa, Norway, RNS

Men

1. Janne Lahtela, Finland, 24.31

2. Yugo Tsukita, Japan, 23.88

3. Stian Overaa, Norway, 23.54

4. Sami Mustonen, Finland, 23.43

5. Marko Ronkainen, Finland, 23.37

6. Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Canada, 23.35

7. Alex Wilson, Buffalo, N.Y., 23.08

8. Adrian Costa, Australia, 22.99

9. Scott Bellavance, Canada, 22.82

10. Katsuya Nakamoto, Japan, 21.47

11. Evan Dybvig, Tunbridge, Vt., 21.41

12. Jim Schiman, Canada, 20.17

World Cup points (6 events)

Women

1. Battelle, 384

2. Elfman, 372

3. Schmitt, 364

4. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 360

5. Traa, 352

6. Bahrke, 340

7. Tami Bradley, Canada, 328

8. Tae Satoya, Japan, 300

9. Bodmer, 284

10. Minna Karhu, Finland, 280

Men

1. Lahtela, 400

2. Mustonen, 368

3. Lauri Lassila, Finland, 332

4. Rousseau, 328

5. Ronkainen, 324

6. Wilson, 316

7. Dybvig, 308

8. Jean-Luc Brassard, Canada, 296

9. Costa, 268

10. Rochon, 268


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