For Release: Sunday, February 20, 2000
Battelle takes Gold, Riley takes Silver at Goodwill Games Duals
LAKE PLACID, NY (Feb. 20) - Ann Battelle (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Pierre Alexander Rousseau of Canada captured the gold medals at the dual moguls event of the inaugural Winter Goodwill Games Sunday at Whiteface Mountain. American Ryan Riley (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Aiko Uemura of Japan came in second with Sami Mustonen of Finland and Kari Traa of Norway rounding out the podium with a third place finish.
The competition full of amazing spills and victories was aired on TNT.
"It's awesome to win the gold," said Battelle on taking first at the dual moguls event. "Aiko was skiing fast and I knew she was going to do a triple and a double so I had to too. I knew I had to catch her and I did."
Battelle completed a double twister spread eagle for her first jump and fell slightly behind Uemura on the course, but after completing her double daffy on the bottom she raced to the finish area, beating her opponent and receiving the higher score from the judges.
"I just pushed myself real hard today and beat the best guys in the world," said Rousseau, who has been on the World Cup circuit for three years. He was up against tough competition as he beat Finland's Janne Lahtela in the quarterfinals and Sami Mustonen, also of Finland, in the semifinals. Both Fins are leading in the World Cup podium count this season and Lahtela won the singles event Saturday at Whiteface.
"Then against Ryan (Riley), I knew he was quick and he's here at home for the Goodwill Games so I knew I had to do my stuff to beat him."
Riley didn't let the high of standing on the podium Saturday from his third place finish in singles ruin his concentration. "It was kind of hard to keep my mind focused on what I had to do, but I did it," he said. And he did it without even training that morning. Having a sore back, he opted not to train Sunday morning, making his first dual his first run of the day. "That made every dual even more exciting 'cause I didn't know if I'd even make it down let alone against World Cup and Olympic champions."
Hundreds of spectators lined the course as the sun and tempertures went down ... it continued to snow throughout the day, slightly limiting visibility.
There were several incredible spills on the large jumps and steep course. In the first round, Evan Dybvig (Tunbridge, VT) caught monster air off the second jump but lost it and fell on his face, stopping the competition as he gathered his equipment and added pressure to his bloody nose. Dybvig finished up in ninth place.
Richard Guy of France wiped out in the quarterfinals and chose not to compete in the classification round, thereby ending up with seventh place.
Alex Wilson (Buffalo, NY) also had an awesome spill in the classification round against Stephane Rochon of Canada. After getting big air off the second jump he landed and fell into a full somersault, taking him out of the competition.
Winter Goodwill Games
Sunday, February 20th
Whiteface Mountain - Lake Placid, NY
1. Pierre Alexander Rousseau, Canada
2. Ryan Riley, Steamboat Springs, CO
3. Sami Mustonen, Finland
4. Jean-Luc Brassard, Canada
5. Janne Lahtela, Finland
6. Stephane Rochon, Canada
7. Richard Gay, France
7. Alex Wilson, Buffalo, NY
9. C. Regnier-Lafforgue, France
9. Evan Dybvig, Tunbridge, VT
9. Mikko Ronkainen, Finland
9. Stephane Yonnet, France
9. Guillaume Gonthier, France
9. Toby Dawson, Vail, CO
9. Juha Hautsalo, Finland
1. Ann Battelle, Steamboat Springs, CO
2. Aiko Uemura, Japan
3. Kari Traa, Norway
4. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY
5. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA
6. Tami Bradley, Canada
7. Kelly Ringstad, Canada
7. Justin Van Houte, Telluride, CO
9. Sara Kjellin, Sweden
9. Marja Elfman, Sweden
9. Anne-Marie Pelchat, Canada
9. Mika Sakashita, Japan
9. Miyuki Hatanaka, Japan
9. Erika Bystrom, Sweden
9. Sylvia Kerfoot, Canada
9. Mayumi Arai, Japan
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