Lake Placid, NY Feb. 20--Ann Battelle (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) andPierre Alexander Rousseau of Canada captured the gold medals at the dualmoguls event of the inaugural Winter Goodwill Games Sunday at WhitefaceMountain. American Ryan Riley (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Aiko Uemuraof Japan came in second with Sami Mustonen of Finland and Kari Traa ofNorway rounding out the podium with a third place finish.
The competition full of amazing spills and victories was aired on TNT.
"It's awesome to win the gold," said Battelle on taking first at thedual moguls event. "Aiko was skiing fast and I knew she was going to doa triple and a double so I had to too. I knew I had to catch her and Idid."
Battelle completed a double twister spread eagle for her first jump andfell slightly behind Uemura on the course, but after completing herdouble daffy on the bottom she raced to the finish area, beating heropponent and receiving the higher score from the judges.
"I just pushed myself real hard today and beat the best guys in theworld," said Rousseau, who has been on the World Cup circuit for threeyears. He was up against tough competition as he beat Finland's JanneLahtela in the quarterfinals and Sami Mustonen, also of Finland, in thesemifinals. Both Fins are leading in the World Cup podium count thisseason and Lahtela won the singles event Saturday at Whiteface.
"Then against Ryan (Riley), I knew he was quick and he's here at homefor the Goodwill Games so I knew I had to do my stuff to beat him."
Riley didn't let the high of standing on the podium Saturday from histhird place finish in singles ruin his concentration. "It was kind ofhard to keep my mind focused on what I had to do, but I did it," hesaid. And he did it without even training that morning. Having a soreback, he opted not to train Sunday morning, making his first dual hisfirst run of the day. "That made every dual even more exciting 'cause Ididn't know if I'd evenmake it down let alone against World Cup and Olympic champions."
Hundreds of spectators lined the course as the sun and tempertures wentdown ... it continued to snow throughout the day, slightly limitingvisibility.
There were several incredible spills on the large jumps and steepcourse. In the first round, Evan Dybvig (Tunbridge, VT) caught monsterair off the second jump but lost it and fell on his face, stopping thecompetition as he gathered his equipment and added pressure to hisbloody nose. Dybvig finished up in ninth place.
Richard Guy of France wiped out in the quarterfinals and chose not tocompete in the classification round, thereby ending up with seventhplace.
Alex Wilson (Buffalo, NY) also had an awesome spill in theclassification round against Stephane Rochon of Canada. After gettingbig air off the second jump he landed and fell into a full somersault,taking him out of the competition.