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Friday, January 25, 2002
Michaelis, Autti cruise to World Cup wins

Associated Press

KREISCHBERG, Austria -- Jan Michaelis of Germany beat Anti Autti of Finland in a half-pipe competition Friday for his first snowboard World Cup victory of the season.

Miika Has of Finland was third. Michaelis leads the half-pipe season standings, ahead of Rito Mattila, who was 11th Friday.

In the women's competition, Nicola Pederzolli of Austria defeated Nichola Thost of Germany. Pederzolli tops the half-pipe standings, while Thost is eighth. Valerie Bourdier of France was third Friday.