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Tuesday, February 12, 2002
 
Moseley dishes up his Dinner Roll early

Associated Press


PARK CITY, Utah -- Jonny Moseley busted out the Dinner Roll in qualifying for the Olympics men's moguls competition Tuesday, and it was good enough to get him to the finals.

Moseley's American teammate, Travis Mayer, led all qualifiers with a score of 27.71. American Jeremy Bloom, who chose freestyle skiing over football this year, qualified fourth.

Failing to make it into the top 16 was American Evan Dybvig, who fell after his final jump and hurt his right knee. He had to be helped off the bottom of the mountain.

Finnish favorites Janne Lahtela and Mikko Ronkainen qualified second and third, respectively.

Moseley could have played it conservative in qualifying, choosing a more traditional jump to ensure his spot in the finals.

But that's not his nature. And nobody drew a bigger cheer during the frosty morning on the mountain.

The 1998 gold medal winner had been promising to perform his revolutionary double-twisting, off-axis jump at the Olympics -- if not to win, then to at least push the envelope in a sport he believes is stagnating.

He did it, the crowd roared and he qualified in the 11th position.

Moseley's Dinner Roll and his triple twister on the top jump earned him a 5.95 average from the two judges who evaluate jumps -- well within the range of most of the jumpers ahead of him.

He lost ground, however, on his speed score, which also counts 25 percent of the score. The smoothness of the turns is worth the other 50 percent.