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For Release: Saturday, February 19, 2000

Battelle Second; Van Houte and Riley Third In Goodwill Games Moguls

LAKE PLACID, NY (Feb. 19) - Janne Lahtela of Finland and Kari Traa of Norway won the first freestyle event of the inaugural Winter Goodwill Games Saturday as they each captured golds in moguls at Whiteface Mountain. The U.S. contingent had a solid showing as Ann Battelle (Steamboat Springs, CO) was second and both Justine Van Houte (Telluride, CO) and Ryan Riley (Steamboat Springs, CO) took bronze medals.

Lahtela scored a perfect 15.00 in turns and ended up with a winning tally of 28.99, topping Canadian Jean-Luc Brassard, who finished second with a score of 28.17. Riley, the 1999 U.S. dual moguls champ, checked in with a 27.84. Evan Dybvig (Tunbridge, VT) was fifth with a 27.62 and Alex Wilson (Buffalo, NY) followed in sixth with a 27.58.

Traa edged out Battelle with a score of 26.36 to 26.14. Van Houte had a 25.34, while Jillian Vogtli (Ellicotville, NY) finished sixth (23.43) and Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) was ninth (21.89).

Off the first kicker, Lahtela nailed a quad twister and felt it was one of the best he had done all week. He pulled a daffy double twister spread on the lower hit and stomped the landing despite an off-balance takeoff.

"I think that the thing that made the difference today was the landings," said Lahtela. "I'm really strong in the landings and I can start the turns right away. I felt so good on the turns.

A three-time Olympian, Battelle pulled a rarity on the first jump-a double twister spread. It was just the second time she had done it in a competitive setting. She capped the airs with a double daffy on the second hit to finish her run on the long Wilderness course.

"Today I didn't get off the jumps as well," said Battelle. "I did the jumps that I had planned. Going into the World Cup finals, I want to get more consistent on hitting my triples. It's been a good week and the weather has helped...pretty warm for Lake Placid. It's great to have my family around."

Freestyle competition concludes Sunday with dual moguls.

WINTER GOODWILL GAMES
Whiteface Mountain-Lake Placid, NY
February 19, 2000
Moguls

MEN'S

  1. Janne Lahtela, Finland, 28.99
  2. Jean-Luc Brassard, Canada, 28.17
  3. Ryan Riley, Steamboat Springs, CO, 27.84
  4. Mikko Ronkainen, Finland, 27.70
  5. Evan Dybvig, Tunbridge, VT, 27.62
  6. Alex Wilson, Buffalo, NY, 27.58
  7. Stepane Rochon, Canada, 27.25
  8. P. Rousseau, Canada, 27.19
  9. C. Regnier-Lafforgue, France, 26.47
  10. Toby Dawson, Vail, CO, 26.14
  11. Guillaume Gonthier, France, 25.76
  12. Richard Gay, France, 24.61
  13. Sami Mustonen, Finland, 16.13
  14. Stepane Yonnet, France, 6.60

WOMEN

  1. Kari Traa, Norway, 26.36
  2. Ann Battelle, Steamboat Springs, CO, 26.14
  3. Justine Van Houte, Telluride, CO, 25.34
  4. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.67
  5. Kelly Ringstad, Canada, 23.71
  6. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY, 23.43
  7. Sylvia Kerfoot, Canada, 22.89
  8. Marja Elfman, Sweden, 22.22
  9. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 21.89
  10. Tami Bradley, Canada, 21.89
  11. Erika Bystrom, Sweden, 19.98
  12. Anne-Marie Pelchat, Canada, RNS
  13. Mika Sakashita, Japan, 20.64
  14. Miyuki Hatanaka, Japan, 19.88
  15. Mayumi Arai, Japan, 18.06
  16. Sara Kjellin, Sweden, 16.94

-Victory Bound!-


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