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Bergoust make it a Missoula weekend

March 30, 1997

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) _ World Championships silver medalist Eric Bergoust became the second skier from Missoula, Mont., in 24 hours to win a national ski title when he took the aerials competition Sunday.

On the final day of the U.S. Freestyle Championships at Sugar Loaf-USA, Bergoust cleanly landed his final triple-trick jump to finish with 239.39 points for his two jumps. Skiers from Park City, Utah, were second and third. Joe Pack had a 227.33, and Todd Loveless a 206.33.

``I knew I had to land my jump because Joe had such a good second jump,″ said Bergoust, who earned $2,000 for his second consecutive national aerials crown.

He flashed a big smile in noting that newcomer Donovan Power of Missoula had won the U.S. moguls title Saturday.

``This is great,″ Bergoust said. ``We ski a lot together ...″

Earlier, Kriste Porter of Greenland, N.H., shook off some of the frustration of the last two World Cup seasons by winning the women’s aerials and taking the combined competition, which merges results in three events (acro, moguls, aerials).

Porter had 174.38 points. Nikki Stone of Westborough, Mass., was second at 167.19. Tracy Evans of Hornell, N.Y., was third at 166.93.

``I think skiing combined here helped me,″ Porter said. ``I didn’t focus so much attention on aerials and I think I’ll ski more than aerials next year on the World Cup.″

In the combined, Porter’s score was 28.98. Stacey Bloomer of Old Greenwich, Conn., fourth in the aerials, finished second in the combined with a score of 27.57.

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