Bloom leads standings with 440 points

Updated: February 5, 2005, 1:31 PM ET
Associated Press

INAWASHIRO, Japan -- Jeremy Bloom won his third straight World Cup moguls event Saturday to lead a strong showing by the U.S. team.

Four Americans finished in the top six. Travis Cabral took fourth, Dave Babic placed fifth and Toby Dawson was sixth.

Bloom, the reigning world champion in freestyle moguls and a 2002 Olympian, edged Dale Begg-Smith of Australia by just .89 points. Bloom earned 25.32 points, Begg-Smith 24.43 and Japan's Osamu Ueno finished third with 23.87.

Bloom, who was forced to give up college football last season because of his ski endorsements, spent last fall training for the 2006 Turin Olympics instead of returning kicks for Colorado. The hard work is paying off -- he leads the World Cup standings with 440 points.

American Travis Mayer is second overall with 339 points and Nathan Roberts is third with 332.

American Jillian Vogtli won the women's event with 23.47 points. Austrian Margarita Marbler was second with 23.02, and American Hannah Kearney finished third with 22.91.

Canada's Jennifer Heil, who leads the World Cup moguls standings with 506 points, finished sixth.

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