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Cabral leads U.S. men to 1-2-4 finish in moguls; Marbler wins women's event

Cabral leads U.S. men to 1-2-4 finish in moguls; Marbler wins women’s event{mosimage}USSA — Wind, fog and about a foot of snow Sunday forced organizers at Inawashiro, Japan, to change a scheduled World Cup dual moguls event to a one-run moguls contest. U.S. skiers Travis Cabral, Toby Dawson and Jeremy Bloom went 1-2-4 while Jillian Vogtli was sixth behind Austrian Margaret Marbler in the women’s contest.

“We had maybe an inch of snow at night and it cleared, then it started dumping,” said coach Liz McIntyre. “The wind was blowing snow out of the trees along the course, so you couldn’t see. It was blizzardy — and I mean Japan blizzard, not light and fluffy. … This was definitely a big mind-game day. It came down to experience.”

Cabral’s run earned 24.73 points with Dawson — the winner Saturday in another moguls event — at 23.87. Finn Mikko Ronkainen took third (23.58) and Bloom had 23.47. Also for the U.S., Dave Babic was ninth, Nate Roberts 11th and Ryan Riley 16th.

Marbler had 24.69 to 24.02 for Canadian Jenn Heil, the World Cup leader; Marbler and Heil went 1-2 Saturday, too. Kari Traa took third place with Vogtli at 22.28 with shelly Robertson eighth and Michelle Roark 11th. Defending World Cup champion Shannon Bahrke crashed on her run and was being tended by the team doctor.

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