Lahtela, Heil Win WC Moguls Events

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LAKE PLACID, NY, Jan. 17, 2004 (AP) -- World Cup leaders Janne Lahtela of Finland and Jennifer Heil of Canada won moguls contests Saturday at Whiteface Mountain.

Lahtela, the 2002 Olympic champion, received 26.29 points for his final run for his third win this winter. Luke Westerlund of Breckenridge, Colo., was second with 26.10 points, leading U.S. men into four of the top five places and six of the top nine.

"The bottom section you could see absolutely nothing when the sun went down. I was skiing absolutely blind," Lahtela said. "They know how to make a good course here and the bottom was tough, getting a lot of good skiers _ and it almost got me."

Heil earned her second victory of the season with 26.77 points. Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City, Calif. was second at 24.57.

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