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Steamboat Springs, Colo. (AP)--Canadian Stephane Rochon took advantage of a mistake by Finland's Sami Mustonen at the bottom of his final run Friday to win the U.S. Freestyle Grand National mogul competition at Steamboat, Colo.

Defending champion Kari Traa of Norway won her second straight moguls contest with a nearly flawless run.

Mustonen led the qualifying run in the morning and was the last skier of the day. He had problems landing his second jump at the bottom, clinching the win for Rochon.

Rochon won his eighth World Cup event with 27.43 points while Mustonen dropped to ninth.

"I've been working incredibly hard,'' Rochon said after his first moguls victory in six years. ``Last summer I had to focus on skiing. I did seven camps on snow instead of three.''

The day, however, was highlighted by hometown favorite Travis Mayer, 19, second-place finish with 24.13 points. Mayer led off the second run with a nearly flawless run that allowed him to hold the lead until Rochon hit the bump field. Jeremy Bloom of Loveland, who passed up the football season at the University of Colorado so he could try for the Olympics in February, earned his second podium finish in as many competitions, placing third with 26.72 points. Travis Ramos of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., finished fourth.

Kari Traa dominated and had little opposition as she collected the 17th win of her career. She finished with 26.99 points, while Ljudmilla Dymchenko of Russia finished second with 25.55 points.

Denver's Emiko Torito was fourth, with Hannah Hardaway of Moultonborough, N.H., fifth.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press

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