Air Canada takes four medals at World Championships 

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The gold medal went to Mikko Ronkainen, 24, of Finland. "I don’t think it was a beatable run," observed Rochon.

Ronkainen tied silver medallist Jeremy Bloom of the U.S. for second in air points, but led in turns and time to post a score of 28.09. Bloom had better turns that teammate Toby Dawson, who placed third, but Dawson was slightly faster. They scored 27.33 and 27.22 respectively.

In the dual moguls on Feb. 1, three Canadians reached the quarter finals, but were unable to make the podium.

Rochon was the top Canadian, finishing fifth after winning the consolation round. He might have finished higher if the brackets had been a little different – the 28-year-old Rochon faced an unstoppable Jeremy Bloom in the quarter-finals.

"Jeremy was really on from the beginning, he was the guy," said Rochon, who was competing with a taped ankle as a result of a ligament injury he sustained in the off-season.

Bloom took the gold medal, followed by Yugo Tsukita of Japan and teammate Toby Dawson.

"When I look at everything I’ve achieved this week, it was really more than I expected after hurting my ankle last summer," he said.

Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Drummondville, Quebec finished in eighth position after the consolation round. Scott Bellavance of Prince George tied eight others for ninth spot.

Tami Bradley was the top Canadian in the women’s dual moguls, finishing in seventh place. St. Pierre and Kurylowicz tied for ninth, and Sylvia Kerfoot of Vancouver tied for 17 th .

Bradley lost her bid for the podium in the quarter-finals after facing Traa of Norway. The pair had split their last four matches, but it was Traa’s turn to win.

"I gave it my all," said Bradley. "I felt her stumble up top, but she saved it, and I was trying to keep up all the way.

"I am bummed out. I wanted a medal and I wanted a medal badly."

Traa went on to win the gold, followed by Marina Cherkasova of Russia and Shannon Bahrke of the U.S.

In the aerials that evening, Canada’s fortunes would change.

In the women’s competition, two Canadians, Veronika Bauer of Toronto and Deidra Dionne of Red Deer, Alberta, posted personal best jump scores of 204.47 and 192.05 respectively. The bad news was that Alisa Camplin of Australia scored a new record of 207.31 points to take the gold medal.

"It’s actually a relief, but I’m so happy because I’ve jumped the best I’ve ever jumped," said Bauer, 22. Bauer was the defending champion after winning the world championships in Whistler in 2001.

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