• Kyodo


Aiko Uemura won her second straight moguls title in crushing style at the freestyle skiing national championships Friday, while fellow Olympian Yugo Tsukita dominated the men’s field to take his fourth national crown.

Uemura, who finished sixth at last month’s Salt Lake City Olympics, put on a flawless display down the Sanosaka piste in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture, to earn 27.75 points and beat fellow Olympic team member Miyuki Satonaka by 1.97 points.

Tae Satoya, bronze medalist at last month’s Salt Lake City Winter Games, took a spill in the qualifying round and failed to advance to the final.

Tsukita remained in top form as he breezed to the men’s victory with 27.94 points to add to the back-to-back third-place finishes he claimed in World Cup meets in Japan earlier this month. Katsuya Nakamoto finished in a distant second with 26.44.

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