Frenchman Wins, American Still Leads Standings
PIANCAVALLO, Italy (AP) _ Frenchman Alexis Blanc overcame thick fog Wednesday to win his second straight World Cup aerials meet. Kris Feddersen of Steamboat Springs, Colo., held onto his World Cup points lead by finishing second, less than one point back.
Blanc clicked on his second jump to receive the highest points of the day from the judges, 130.83. That gave him 231.27 points for his two jumps in the final pre-holiday meet. Feddersen earned 230.29 points.
Completing the top five were Canadian Lloyd Langlois with 230.15, Sebastien Foucras of France with 223.78 and reigning world and World Cup aerials champion Trace Worthington of Park City, Utah with 219.53.
Kip Griffin of Bedford, N.H., was sixth and Eric Bergoust of Missoula, Mont., winner of the first meet of the season Dec. 8 at Tignes, France was seventh. Mariano Ferrario of Winston Salem, N.C., was 10th as the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team had five athletes in the top 10.
``Each competition has its own conditions,″ Blanc said. ``I’m happy I made it again.″
Feddersen added, ``I wanted to be on the podium a couple of times this season since it’s going to be my last and I made it last Friday in LaPlagne (France) and now again here. I’m just doing this for kicks now.″
Veronica Brenner of Canada, who won the season-opening meet Dec. 8 at Tignes, won her second meet of the season with 173.01 points.
Nikki Stone of Westborough, Mass., the women’s defending World Cup and world champion in aerials, was second with 167.42 with Caroline Olivier of Canada was third with 163.84.
World Cup leader Colette Brand of Switzerland finished fourth with 162.37, one-tenth of a point ahead of Sweden’s Marie Lindgren.