Bjornlund., Richards win moguls opener
SUOMU, Finland (AP)Jesper Bjornlund of Sweden won his first moguls World Cup in the season-opener, while former world champion Kristi Richards of Canada won the women's event on Friday.
Richards, world champ in 2007, scored 24.97 points, beating reigning world champion and last year's moguls World Cup winner Aiko Uemura of Japan on 24.56 points. Hannah Kearney of the United States was third with 24.10.
Canada placed three women in the top six, while the U.S. had four among the nine best.
On the men's side, Bjornlund tallied 24.41 points and far surpassed his previous best World Cup result, a fifth. He also was fifth at the 2006 Turin Olympics
Bryon Wilson of the United States, on 24.34, and World Cup champ Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada, with 24.19, followed.
Friday's events were the first of seven in the moguls before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February, when Australia's Dale Begg-Smith, and Canada's Jennifer Heil defend their Olympic titles. Begg-Smith finished fourth on Friday. Heil was fifth.