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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1999
I found your March 23 article, "As Snowboarding Soars, So Do Injuries," interesting, since I suffered broken ribs due to being hit by a snowboarder this month while skiing in Big Bear. As I discovered from the ski patrol and hospital staff, my experience is becoming more and more common. In fact, later that same day, my friend was also struck by a snowboarder while skiing. He suffered an injured knee and damaged ribs! In your article the parents of the young girl who has been in a coma since her snowboarding accident are quoted as saying that it would never have happened if she was wearing a helmet.
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April 3, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
On picturesque winter slopes, the youngsters racing snowboards downhill and the mature skiers calmly gliding down have routinely been cast as warring snow-lovers. A Utah ski resort has tried to keep feuding off its slopes by banning snowboards altogether since the 1980s. Four middle-aged snowboarders are protesting that policy, filing a lawsuit  in January. The snowboarders sued Alta Ski Area and the U.S. Forest Service in U.S. District Court in Utah. They argue that their constitutional right to equal use of federal land had been irrationally denied and that the Forest Service, working in concert with Alta, allowed discrimination in violation of the snowboarders' due process rights.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The weather on Venice Beach was typical for a Sunday afternoon in August: The sun was out, there was a slight breeze, the thermometer registered 74 degrees. So, naturally, it was the perfect day for snowboarding. In a patch on the boardwalk amid wandering tourists and crispy beach bums, a snowcapped mountain had been erected out of scaffolding, plywood and massive bricks of ice chipped into a wintry powder. It was built just for the day for the Supergirl Jam, a women's competition in snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Anh Do
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County. Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery. Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Search and rescue teams braved strong winds and snow Saturday night to look for a 14-year-old snowboarder missing since the afternoon, authorities said. About 30 searchers from the Antelope Valley, Montrose and San Dimas looked for Jeff Thornton, of Brawley, who was last seen at the Mountain High West ski resort about noon, said Sheriff's Lt. Steven Fredericks.
SPORTS
February 9, 1998 | LARRY STEWART
One way to look at the 12.2 national rating CBS got for Saturday night's coverage is that it is the lowest prime-time rating for the Winter Olympics in 10 years. But CBS was putting a different spin on it. "It's the highest rating ever for snowboarding and freestyle skiing," quipped Dana McClintock, the network's director of Olympic communications. CBS got killed when the men's downhill got postponed on the first day of competition. Same thing happened to ABC in Calgary in 1988, and it got a 9.
SPORTS
March 27, 1990 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Australia's Gary Elkerton had just finished winning a preliminary heat during a surfing contest last summer in Huntington Beach, but his mind was in the Alps. "Snowboarding is an excellent sport," said Elkerton, the second-ranked surfer on the Assn. of Surfing Professionals tour. "It's pretty easy for a surfer to catch on to and it's something real fun for us to do in the winter." Terrific.
NEWS
February 17, 1998
Doctors on Monday upgraded the condition of 14-year-old snowboarder Jeff Thornton, who was rescued last week after surviving a six-day ordeal when he became lost in the San Gabriel Mountains. A spokeswoman at Loma Linda Medical Center, where Thornton was being treated, said the 5-foot-9, 215-pound youth had been moved from the intensive care unit to an intermediate unit after his condition was upgraded from serious to fair Monday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1995 | MARK LANDSBAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bruised survivor of a Mt. Baldy avalanche that apparently killed his companion recalled Monday the horror of being swept down the mountain slope, slammed into a tree and buried, then clawing his way out for 20 minutes. Although searchers continued over the weekend to probe for the body of Mike Pilotti, 24, of Costa Mesa, "It's pretty sure he's gone to be with the Lord," said Larry Beard, 32, who survived the Jan.
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March 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A 20-year-old snowboarder has been accused of slamming into a kids' ski class while drunk. Michael Wolff of Killeen, Texas, was being held on $20,650 bond at a jail in Glenwood Springs after the crash Saturday at Sunlight Mountain Resort. He was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, reckless endangerment, underage drinking and skiing under the influence. "This was not just an honest accident," said sheriff's Sgt. Steve Hardesty.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - What will be the secret to future Olympic success for the extreme-sports crowd? That's easy. Just keep adding new events and the medal count for U.S. snowboarders and freestyle skiers will probably stay at a high level. Setbacks in Sochi were offset by the new kids on the slopestyle rail and freeski halfpipe. There were opportunities for eight more gold medals that were not there in Vancouver in 2010. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi And the United States took terrific advantage of the expanded program.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Congratulatory messages started coming from time zones near and far. One, however, was particularly startling to the new Olympic gold medalist. Vic Wild, the American-born snowboarder who is competing for Russia, received a message of support from a childhood acquaintance named Hans. "I was mean to him when I was 7 years old," Wild said. "I felt bad about it, honestly, ever since. He messaged me the other day and I was at a loss for words, man. I said, 'Dude, even this guy is stoked for me.' "I was able to apologize to him and everything was cool, man. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Everything was cool Saturday for the snowboarder with the red-hot Olympic touch.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Meet snowboarder Vic Wild, the newly minted Olympic gold medalist from Russia -- by way of White Salmon, Wash. Is this setting a trend, perhaps? The winner of the men's parallel giant slalom on Wednesday answered the question with a one-word answer and then continued with a longer explanation. This was not long after sharing athletic glory with his wife, Alena Zavarzina of Russia, who took the bronze in the women's parallel giant slalom. "No. I don't recommend that mentality," Wild said.
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February 18, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- You can practically imagine Travis Pastrana wishing that U.S. snowboarders Alex Deibold and Trevor Jacob had their wild Olympic finish on his show. Who knows? Maybe they can re-create it on a future episode of “Nitro Circus.” It was fascinating theater on a rain-soaked muddle of a course, a sliding photo finish between Deibold and Jacob in the semifinals of men's snowboard cross on Tuesday morning. Mere inches separated the teammates fighting for the last spot in the final.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The waiting Monday morning and afternoon was something to be embraced, not detested. There was no fear in U.S. snowboarder Nate Holland's vocabulary when weather disrupted the Olympic schedule, causing a day's delay to the men's snowboard cross event. "I live for days like this," Holland said. "Like I said, it was a dress rehearsal. You get a free rush out of it…. Like I said, we'll be back tomorrow. Hopefully the weather cooperates. It's time to go. Tomorrow should be a good day to try and win the Olympics.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. snowboarder Nate Holland had one inspection run on a foggy day in the mountains with limited visibility on the Olympic course. He got busy trying to think how he would handle it if the competition went forward on Monday. “When I first inspected the course, you think what you're going to do off these features and you can't see anything," Holland said. "You'd have to ride by braille. "I've studied this course and I was confident I'd be able to make it down it. But there's that screwiness factor that [having]
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March 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A teenager accused of fatally injuring a skier with his snowboard on a ski slope has been charged with manslaughter. Witnesses said Heather Donahue, 28, of Shrewsbury, Mass., was skiing slowly on an intermediate slope at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort when she was hit by the 16-year-old on a fast-moving snowboard.
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