HAKUBA, Nagano Pref. – Freestyle skier Aiko Uemura completed a double Sunday when she added the moguls title to the dual moguls crown she took the previous day at the national championships.
Uemura eased to her second straight national title and fourth overall with 26.35 points in the women’s moguls final as she cleanly executed a high-difficulty air maneuver to dominate the field on the Sanosaka piste in Hakuba.
Uemura had booked her place in next year’s Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, with her bronze medal showing in the dual moguls at the world championships in Finland a week ago.
“It was a satisfying performance and I enjoyed it,” Uemura said, referring to the sequence of complicated flips in the air called “7-O” that she has been trying to perform occasionally in major competitions all winter.
“But the bottom line in skiing is skills in turns and I still need to raise the bar in my overall performance,” said Uemura, who is looking to pull off a podium finish in Turin after finishing seventh in Nagano in 1998 and sixth in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Yu Masukawa won his second title in the men’s moguls with 25.17 points.
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