SKIING

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The men's World Cup, disrupted because of mild weather in Europe, will switch to Austria and Italy next week. After this weekend's races in Val d'Isere, there will be two slaloms at Lech am Arlberg in Austria on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a giant slalom in a week's time in Alta Badia, Italy. No decision has yet been taken over two women's races, originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Morzine, which are not possible to stage because of a lack of snow.

Sergei Shupletsov, of Russia, the World Cup holder, made a perfect start to his 1994-1995 freestyle skiing campaign by winning the opening moguls competition. Shupletsov earned 27.02 points to beat former Olympic champion Edgar Grospiron, of France, with27.00. Jean-Luc Brassard of Canada, the Olympic champion, was fourth in 25.75, behind third-placed David Carpano, of France, with 25.81.

The women's moguls event was won by Tatjana Mittermayer, of Germany, with 26.50 points, ahead of the French pair, Raphaelle Monod (25.75) and Candice Gilg (24.97). The World Cup continues today in Tignes with the aerials, followed by the ballet on Saturday.

Doctors have ordered Alberto Tomba to rest for two days to heal a bruised rib, but have allowed him to start in Sunday's World Cup giant slalom at Val d'Isere. The three-times Olympic champion injured himself while warming up for Monday night's slalom a t Sestrier

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