Kraus, David take ski cross gold at freestyle worlds

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