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Ramos 11th in World Cup Finals

HIMOS, Finland – South Shore’s Travis Ramos and North Shore’s Shannon Bahrke finished 11th and 10th in the World Cup Finals on Sunday.

Ramos, returning to competition after missing last week’s Papa John Bumps & Jumps because of a sprained ankle, had a judged run of 24.85. Bahrke received a 24.10 for her one run.

Both finished ninth in the final World Cup standings.



The American teams dominated the finals as Toby Dawson of Vail, Colo., picked up his first World Cup moguls win Sunday, taking a tiebreaker from World Cup champion Mikko Ronkainen of Finland in what may be the tightest contest in history. The top three skiers were within .02 of each other.

In the women’s finals, Hannah Hardaway of Moultonborough, N.H., captured her second moguls event on the final day of the schedule.




“I went into the comp just looking for a good run, as usual,” Dawson said. However, he drew inspiration from Alexei Grichin of Belarus, who qualified 10th for the aerials competition Saturday at World Cup Finals but won.

“If he started 10th and won… I said, ‘Well, if he started 10th and won it, I guess I better win, too,” he said. “Starting 10th, I had nine more skiers to wait for, and judges usually like to save something [points] for later skiers and it’s difficult to move to the front from the back…Actually, I feel comfortable attacking from the back like that. In my two podiums, I’ve come from the back of the pack.”

Dawson and Ronkainen deadlocked at 26.92 points, but Dawson, who led three U.S. skiers into the top 10, got the win on a tiebreaker formula. Pierre Alexandre Rousseau of Canada was third (26.90).

Among other Americans, Ryan Riley was seventh (25.65) with Nor-Am champion Jeremy Bloom of Loveland, Colo., 10th. Evan Dybvig of Tunbridge, Vt., came in 12th.

Hardaway used her start position to her advantage.

“You had to go fast and go big,” Hardaway said. “It’s a tiny course and kinda flat, the airs weren’t too big, but Shannon went down and Liz [McIntyre, moguls coach] radioed back, ‘You’ve gotta go fast, go fast and go big’ and I tried to. “

Hardaway edged Japan’s Aiko Uemura by .2 on the turns to clinch the win by a tenth of a point in a contest where the skiers had only one run.

Hardaway, who also won the Gateway Freestyle Challenge on the 2002 Olympic run at Deer Valley Resort, won with 25.54 points. The victory boosted her into third place in the final moguls standings.

Uemura, second for the season behind Kari Traa of Norway, had 25.44 with Jennifer Heil of Canada in third place (25.33).

Laurel Shanley of Squaw Valley came in 13th place.

Hardaway plans to put on a show Friday and Sunday during the bumps events at the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships at Waterville Valley, N.H., not far from her home.

“Everyone’s pretty tired at this point, but nationals will be fun. I’ve probably competed in 20 events at Waterville. It’ll be kinda cool to get back there,” she said.

Bergoust wraps up aerials title

Olympic aerials champion Eric Bergoust of Missoula, Mont., took advantage of a sloppy second landing Saturday by teammate Joe Pack of Park City to pull past Pack and win the World Cup aerials championship with Ryan St. Onge of Winter Park, Colo., earning his first top-5 in fifth place.

Jacqui

Cooper of Australia won the women’s title.

Belarussian Alexei Grichin won the aerials competition at World Cup Finals with 249.74 points and Canadian Steve Omischl was second with 243.43.

FREESTYLE WORLD CUP

World Cup Finals

Himos, FIN – March 11

Moguls

Men

1. Toby Dawson, Vail, Colo., 26.92 points (Won tiebreaker)

2. Mikko Ronkainen, Finland, 26.92

3. Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Canada, 26.90

4. Richard Gay, France, 26.63

5. Stephane Rochon, Canada, 26.35

7. Ryan Riley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 25.65

10. Jeremy Bloom, Loveland, Colo., 25.02

11. Travis Ramos, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 24.85

12. Evan Dybvig, Tunbridge, Vt., 14.49

World Cup Standings – Final (7 events)

Men

1. Ronkainen, 460 points

2. Janne Lahtela, Finland, 448

3. Rousseau, 440

4. Gay, 404

5. Riley, 392

7. Dybvig, 372

8. Dawson, 336

9. Ramos, 324

19. Jonny Moseley, Tiburon, Calif., 168

22. Chris Hernandez, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 156

27. Travis Cabral, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 112

33. Garth Hager, Bothell, Wash., 76

37. Alex Wilson, Buffalo, N.Y., 56

39. Caleb Martin, Telluride, Colo., 44

43. Luke Westerlund, Breckenridge, Colo., 24

47. Tim Warner, Waterford, Mich., 16

Women

1. Hannah Hardaway, Moultonborough, N.H., 25.54

2. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 25.44

3. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 25.33

4. Minna Karhu, Finland, 25.16

5. Kari Traa, Norway, 25.12

10. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, Calif., 24.10

13. Laurel Shanley, Olympic Valley, Calif., 22.66

World Cup Standings – Final (7 events)

1. Traa, 484

2. Uemura, 444

3. Hardaway, 440

4. Heil, 428

5. Karhu, 408

9. Bahrke 356

13. Ann Battelle, 244

14. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, N.Y., 236

15. Donna Weinbrecht, Killington, Vt., 232

28. Emiko Torito, Denver, 92

32. Lindley Hord, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 28

34. Shelly Robertson, Reno, Nev., 20

Bergoust Takes Aerials Title

HIMOS, Finland (March 10)- Olympic aerials champion Eric Bergoust (Missoula, MT) took advantage of a

sloppy second landing Saturday by teammate Joe Pack (Park City) to pull past Pack and win the World

Cup aerials championship with Ryan St. Onge (Winter Park, CO) earning is first top-5 in fifth place. Jacqui

Cooper of Australia won the women’s title.

Belarussian Alexei Grichin won the aerials competition at World Cup Finals with 249.74 points and

Canadian Steve Omischl was second with 243.43. Ryan St. Onge (Winter Park, CO) had the top U.S.

result in fifth place Pack eighth, Brian Currutt (Park City, UT) ninth and Bergoust 10th.

Pack looked like he had the title in his grasp until he had problems on his second landing and tumbled in

the points. Bergoust won the aerials crown with 456 points to 452 for his teammate.

In the women’s event, Australian Jacqui Cooper won her third straight title, finishing second behind

Nannan Xu of China, who had 191.73 to Cooper’s 185.05. Alla Tsuper of the Ukraine was a distant third

Saturday (171.92) and second overall. Emily Cook (Belmont, MA), the only U.S. aerialist in the contest,

was eighth.

Jerry Grossi (also Park City) and Brenda Petzold (Andover, MA) also qualified for World Cup Finals, but

were unable to compete because of injuries.

The World Cup season concludes Sunday with moguls action before the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle

Championships March 16-18 at Waterville Valley, N.H.

WORLD CUP FREESTYLE

World Cup Finals

Himos, FIN – March 10

Aerials

Men

1. Alexei Grichin, Belarus, 249.74 points

2. Steve Omischl, Canada, 243.43

3. Christian Rijavec, Austria, 229.52

4. Andy Capicik, Canada, 224.36

5. Ryan St. Onge, Winter Park, Colo., 222.88

8. Joe Pack, Park City, Utah, 211.36

9. Ban Currutt, Park City, Utah, 207.14

10. Eric Bergoust, Missoula, Mont., 200.02

World Cup Standings – Final (7 events)

1. Bergoust, 456

2. Pack, 452

3. Dmitri Dashinski, Belarus, 444

4. Omischl, 436

5. Capicik, 424

9. Currutt, 372 (wins tiebraker)

10. Grossi, 372

14. MarianoFerario, Park City, Utah, 188

19. Britt Swartley, Blue Bell, Pa., 164

28. Corey Hacker, Boston, N.Y., 104

31. Jeret Peterson, Boise, Idaho, 72

35. Matt Chojnacki, Aurora, Colo., 40

36. Parker Schmidt, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 36

Women

1. Nannan Xu, China, 191.73

2. Jacqui Cooper, Australia, 185.05

3. Alla Tsuper, Ukraine, 171.92

4. Alisa Camplin, Australia, 168.24

5. Veronika Bauer, Canada, 160.44

8. Emily Cook, Belmont, Mass., 140.14

World Cup Standings – Final (7 events)

1. Cooper, 492

2. Tsuper, 468

3. Nannan, 444

4. Bauer, 440

5. Camplin, 424

6. Cook, 412

8. Brenda Petzold, Andover, Mass., 380

11. Kelly Hilliman, Tonawanda, N.Y., 288

18. Tracy Evans, Hornell, N.Y., 172

24. Kate Reed, Montrose, Colo., 124

26. Sara Horvitz, Somerset, Mass., 80


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