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Mogul Champion Mosely Begins Season

January 14, 1999

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Olympic and World Cup moguls champion Jonny Moseley faces his first major competition of the season this weekend as the freestyle World Cup tour visits Steamboat Ski Resort.

Steady snows since mid-December have created ideal conditions for the Sprint Shootout, which starts Friday night with acro skiing. Moseley, the popular champion from Tiburon, Calif., competes Saturday in dual moguls and Olympic champions Eric Bergoust of Missoula, Mont., and Nikki Stone of Westborough, Mass., headline the aerials contest Sunday.

The World Cup season was delayed a month when sponsor problems in Europe forced cancellation of the events in December. Moseley expected to be competing last weekend when the season opened in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, but after disappointing results in two exhibitions, he decided to spend another week training.

While Moseley is healthy but rusty after a summer of promotional appearances, 1994 Olympic moguls champion Jean-Luc Brassard of Canada is in good-and-getting-better ski form, but he’s not so healthy.

After winning the opening moguls event in light snow at Mont Tremblant last Saturday, the three-time World Cup moguls king and two-time world champion was felled with the flu. He stayed home for a few extra days before arriving in Steamboat Wednesday night.

Following a Canadian coaching turnover, Brassard has gone back to his first moguls coach, Yves Therrien. Together, they stripped and rebuilt not only his skiing technique but what had been his bulletproof confidence.

``This is a huge win, a great start for my season. This takes away a big pressure,″ Brassard said last weekend. ``I feel so good, so much more confident now. ... My skiing still is not where I want it, but I am on the right course.″

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