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Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Kraus, David take ski cross gold at freestyle worlds

Associated Press

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy -- Tomas Kraus of the Czech Republic and Ophelie David of France won gold medals in ski cross events at the freestyle skiing world championships on Tuesday.

Kraus won the men's race ahead of teammate Hayer Stanley. Enak Gavaggio of France took third place.

David won the women's event, with compatriot Meryl Boulangeat taking second and Alesandra Grauvogl of Germany finishing third.

Ski cross involves skiers racing each other to the bottom of a course with jumps, rollers, banks and other man-made and natural terrain features. It will debut as an Olympic sport at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

The championships were originally scheduled for Jan. 22-27 but were postponed for over a month by the International Ski Federation because of a shortage of snow.

Wednesday's men's and women's half-pipe competitions have been canceled because there is not enough snow to build the required structure for the event.

The rest of the competition program hasn't changed. The moguls take place Friday, followed by the dual moguls and aerials on Saturday.