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    Friday, February 20, 1998

    Moseley performs on streets of NY

     NEW YORK (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley brought his acrobatic skiing style to the New York City streets Friday.
     Moseley, the free-spirited Californian who won the freestyle moguls in Nagano, Japan, last week, performed two daring jumps off a giant ramp in the theater district for a segment on "Late Show with David Letterman."
     Jumping off a 40-foot high by 60-foot long ramp lined with a plastic carpet, Moseley repeated his trademark helicopter jump that helped give the United States its first medal of the Nagano Games. He did a 360-degree spin in the air while grabbing one of his crossed skis, then landed on a huge air mattress in the middle of the street.
     On his second leap, the 22-year-old daredevil took off as a canon-like device blasted a stream of smoke across the ramp. He did both jumps during a downpour before hundreds of cheering fans next to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Letterman show is taped.
     "That was a lot scarier than Nagano," Moseley said. "There was concrete all around me and the ramp was really narrow. I'm just happy to get out of here alive."
     Letterman came out of the studio to greet Moseley on the street after his jumps, which were shown on Friday night's program.