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Skiing - 21. January 2008.

Roark Wins Nature Valley Moguls in LP

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Jan. 20) - Michelle Roark (Winter Park, CO) won the women's World Cup moguls event Sunday at the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup, leading four teammates into the top eight.

For Roark, it's the sixth World Cup win of her career - and came two years to the day since she last won, also at Whiteface. She clicked with a back-flip off the top jump and a "bronco" - a full spin in which she kicks her skis sideways in the moment as she's looking back up the moguls run.

The run was worth 24.20 points after she had qualified fifth. Russian Ekaterina Stolyarova finished second with 24.13.

Back-flip up top, bronco on the bottom jump (again)
"I do the bronco on the bottom because the back-flip is a more difficult trick for me and the top 'air' [jump] is usually more challenging. So, I'm proud of myself for staying with it and sticking that back-flip up there," Roark said.

"We got a little bit of snow, but I really didn't notice it. The light got a little flat, too, but I was just so focused on getting down there and doing my run."

U.S. women filled four straight places, beginning with Shelly Robertson (Reno, NV) in fifth. The others: Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, MA), sixth Sunday after collecting her first podium Friday when she was third; Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), 2005 moguls world champion who is returning from knee surgery and was seventh; and two-time Olympian Jillian Vogtli (Ellicotville, NY), who was eighth.

Emiko Torito, who won Friday's moguls event, led qualifying but had trouble on her final run and finished 15th.

Whiteface Mountain
Lake Placid, N.Y. - Jan. 20, 2008

Women's Moguls
1. Michelle Roark, Winter Park, CO, 24.20 points
2. Ekaterina Stolyarova, Russia, 24.13
3. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic, 22.89
4. Andrey Robichaud, Canada, 22.59
5. Shelly Robertson, Reno, N V, 22.13
6. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 21.85
7. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 21.50
8. Jillian Vogtli, Ellicotville, NY, 19.52
9. Nathalie Bazin, Canada, 19.49
10. Kristi Richards, Canada, 18.80
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