Bloom Wins Sixth Straight


February 19, 2005

SAUZE D'OULX, Italy (AP)--Jeremy Bloom won his sixth straight World Cup moguls event Friday, beating Travis Mayer in a 1-2 American finish on next year's Olympic course.

Bloom won with 27.02 points. Mayer scored 26.61 and Mikko Ronkainen of Finland was third with 26.60.

Bloom now leads the moguls standings by 296 points over American Nathan Roberts, who came in 12th Friday.

Norway's Kari Traa won the women's event with 25.86 points, beating Stephanie St. Pierre of Canada (25.14) and Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic (25.12).

Canada's Jennifer Heil finished 11th, but retained her lead in the World Cup standings. She has 730 points, while Traa is a distant second with 549 with one event remaining _ next week in Voss, Norway.

Bloom, the reigning world champion in freestyle, had to give up playing college football last season at Colorado because of his ski endorsements.

The freestyle competition, a key test event for the 2006 Turin Olympics, continues Saturday with aerials.

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