Bahrke Defends Dual Moguls Title


Boise, Idaho March 22, 2002 (AP)--Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke successfully defended her women's dual moguls national title Friday, while Toby Dawson unseated 2001 men's champion Garth Hager.

Bahrke, of Tahoe City, Calif., won her second straight U.S. championship at Bogus Basin Ski Area. Shelly Robertson of Reno, Nev., was second and two-time World Cup champion Ann Battelle of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was third.

``I did a lot of trash-talking this morning, so I thought I better come back it up,'' said Bahrke, the first medalist at last month's Salt Lake City Olympics. ``I'm excited to end my season like this.''

In dual moguls, racers compete side by side.

Competition in aerials is Saturday, with Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack of Park City, Utah, and reigning World Cup champion Eric Bergoust of Missoula, Mont., expected to jump.

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