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Roark Wins Freestyle Skiing Event

February 1, 1999

BLACKCOMB, British Columbia (AP) _ American Michelle Roark won her second World Cup moguls contest in 24 hours Sunday, ignoring steady snow to capture a dual moguls event and complete a sweep of both ends of the Westroc World Freestyle.

Olympian Alex Wilson of Buffalo, N.Y., was disqualified in the final round when he completed a front flip off the top jump on the men’s course.

Moguls regulations prohibit front flips in competition but Wilson, who stumbled high on the course, appeared to think his duel with Frenchman Thony Hemery was over when he did his flip.

Officials, citing the ban on front flips, disqualified him and awarded Hemery the victory. Canadian Dominick Gauthier, who had been beaten in the semifinals, moved up to second place.

Janne Lahtela of Finland, who won the singles event Saturday, moved up to third and fourth place was left empty.

Roark, who won her first World Cup Saturday, defeated teammate Brooke Ballachey of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in the side-by-side bumps competition. Sylvia Kerfoot of Canada was third in the steady snow.

``It definitely was hard to see, typical blizzard conditions,″ Roark said. ``I was so tired after (Saturday) but I said I have to buckle down. I still can’t believe this ... but when my feet get back on the ground, I’ll be fine.″

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