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February 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso have strong personalities and opinions, but this might not be the time or the place. Miller and Mancuso are the stars of the U.S. Alpine team and winners of a combined eight Olympic medals. At a Thursday news conference in advance of the Olympics, however, neither star seemed interested in delving into the political controversies surrounding the Sochi Games. “I don't feel like the Olympics is the place for that kind of politics,” Miller said.
February 24, 2004
What you won't see at the new Mammoth Ski Museum, opening Saturday: kitschy memorabilia in the form of authentic skis, poles and boots. You will see "Introducing the Fine Art of Skiing: A First Run Through the Beekley Collection." That would be Mason Beekley, founder of the International Skiing History Assn., whose boyhood collection of ski books grew over 50 years to include 10,000 works. Beekley arranged for his obsession to migrate from New Hartford, Conn.
February 20, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
No need to clean your goggles or adjust your bindings -- that's America on top of the Olympic Alpine leaderboard. Austria? Well, word is the country is into baseball now. The United States of A-miracle went two-three in Friday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Mountain, climbing heights never before seen or contemplated. Heading into the 1994 Lillehammer Games, America's Alpine team was dubbed "Uncle Sam's left-footed snowplow brigade." Four Olympics later, America is just putting its foot down.
February 14, 1997 | BOB LOCHNER
California skiing conditions are generally excellent for the long Presidents' Birthday weekend. A light dusting of snow Tuesday night and continued favorable snow-making temperatures have kept six Southland ski areas--Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, Snow Valley, Mountain High, Ski Sunrise and Mt. Baldy--in good shape for the expected large holiday crowds. Base depths range from two to four feet, and most runs are open.
December 1, 2001 | Associated Press
Bill Johnson returned to the slopes Friday, skiing down Mount Hood eight months after a frightening crash left the 1984 Olympic downhill champion in a coma with a brain injury. "It felt great. I turned a lot," Johnson said after a warmup run. He was especially pleased that he stayed upright on his skis. "I didn't take a digger, and I'm not about to," he said.
February 27, 1988 | Associated Press
Phil Mahre, who won a gold medal for the United States in the 1984 Winter Olympics, said the lack of success by U.S. skiers at Calgary, Canada, is no surprise. "People are just too soft," Mahre said. "There's just not enough heart anymore. "The gifted athletes are in other sports." Mahre and his twin brother, Steve, are sitting out their first Olympics since 1976. Phil won the gold in the slalom at the 1984 Games while Steve won the silver in the slalom.
December 9, 2007
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February 10, 1992 | MIKE DOWNEY
The ski lift goes up, goes up, goes up, past the internal checkpoints, past Anxiety, by Butterflies, beyond Gut Churn, over Don't Look, into Nausea, above Nosebleed, approaching Adrenaline, ascending toward Euphoria, easing into Serenity. The car seat sways, like a Ferris wheel's. All around you: beauty. Down below: Death. Your life. Hanging by a cable. Your prayer: Save me, Lord, and from now on, I'll be a good boy, stick to safer sports on Sundays, maybe go bowling. Shut your eyes.
December 17, 2007 | Susan King
The focus of "Steep," a new documentary about big-mountain skiing that opens Friday at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles, changed dramatically when Doug Coombs, one of the athletes profiled in the film, died skiing with friends in April 2006 in La Grave, France. "We were very close to being done with the shooting," says executive producer, director and writer Mark Obenhaus.
October 8, 2000 | From Reuters
A 38-year-old Slovenian on Saturday became the first person to ski nonstop down the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. "I feel only absolute happiness and absolute fatigue," Davo Karnicar said by satellite phone after the descent from the 29,035-foot peak. He said about 2 1/2 miles of skiing on his custom-made skis took nearly five hours and went without any major problems.
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