Bloom Wins Fourth Straight Moguls Competition


February 6, 2005

INAWASHIRO, Japan (AP)--Jeremy Bloom defeated fellow American Travis Cabral in dual moguls Sunday for his fourth straight World Cup victory. Among the women, Jennifer Heil of Canada topped Tae Satoya of Japan for her third dual moguls title of the season.

Bloom, who won Saturday's moguls, beat Cabral 23-12 in the final to solidify his lead in the overall standings. Hiroki Nonogaki of Japan defeated Nathan Roberts of the United States in the race for third and fourth place.

Bloom, the reigning world champion in freestyle moguls and a 2002 Olympian, had to give up college football last season because of his ski endorsements. He spent last fall training for the 2006 Turin Olympics instead of returning kicks for Colorado.

Bloom has 540 points in the dual moguls World Cup standings, 158 points ahead of Roberts. Australia's Dale Begg-Smith, who was fourth Sunday, is third in the standings with 341 points.

In the women's race, Kari Traa of Norway defeated Hannah Kearney of the United States to finish third. Heil picked up 100 points and leads the World Cup standings with 606 points, 178 points ahead of Margaita Marbler of Austria, who was fourth Sunday.

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