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Norwegian Wins Olympic Gold in Moguls - 2002-02-10

Medals in women's moguls skiing have been awarded at the 2002 Winter Olympics. World Cup leader Kari Traa of Norway edged American Shannon Bahrke to win the gold medal at Deer Valley, Utah.

Kari Traa was the last skier downing the bumpy moguls course at Deer Valley. With more than 13,000 fans looking on, Traa scored a total of 25.94 points on the last run of the day. American Shannon Bahrke won the silver medal (25.06). Traa said that she enjoyed the pressure of being the favorite. "I own five out of six World Cups so far this year, and I normally ski better under pressure," she said. "I love that feeling up on the top that people are expecting things from me."

Bahrke says that after September's terrorist attacks, winning the silver medal was very special because it was the first U.S. medal of the games. "And now that I have the first medal I think that makes a lot of Americans proud," she said. "And I hope that all the other athletes in all of our sports can continue that and bring home those medals and make everyone proud here."

The bronze medal went to Japanese skier and 1998 gold medallist Tae Satoya.