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Becker wins Blackcomb World Cup

January 18, 1997

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) _ Fabrice Becker of France dominated the freestyle skiing field for the second straight week, winning the acro-ski event of the Blackcomb World Cup on Friday.

Heini Baumgartner of Switzerland was second and veteran Ian Edmondson of Kalamazoo, Mich., third.

Becker outpointed Baumgartner, who still leads the overall acro-ski standings, 26.65 points to 26.15.

``It’s so good to be skiing again,″ said Becker, who broke his right ankle in the first competition of the 1996 season. ``I’m glad to be back on the tour.″

Edmondson said Blackcomb ``did a wonderful job of packing the new snow, but it was still pretty buoyant.″

Edmondson, the oldest skier on the tour _ he turns 40 in April _ added, ``It was really tough, some real survival skiing in the (morning) qualifying run. But I think that’s where experience pays off; I had energy flowing out of me but the snow caught me sometimes just when I was about to jump.″

Elena Batalava of Russia continued her march to another World Cup overall acro-ski title by winning the women’s event. She scored 25.80 points, with the Swedish pair of Annika Johansson and Asa Magnussen second and third with respective totals of 25.15 and 24.60.

Moguls are scheduled Saturday and aerials Sunday.

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