CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1992 |
Half a dozen racers were waiting at the top of a steep hill called Big Bowl in Running Springs while veteran speed skier David James Erikson tore through the course. "We heard the time. The speed came over the radio at 84 m.p.h. And after that I heard a real loud noise," said Brad Daniels, 29, a racer from Laguna Niguel who shuddered at the memory. "I thought in my own head, maybe he hit a lift tower or something, I hope he didn't," Daniels recalled Saturday.
February 22, 1992 |
David J. Erickson Jr., 24, of Laguna Niguel died when he crashed into a snow-making machine while skiing 84 m.p.h. during a speed skiing competition in Running Springs, Calif., authorities said.
October 11, 1987 |
Graham Wilkie calls himself a frustrated downhiller. That's quite a confession for the fastest human on skis. Had things gone differently 12 years ago, the 28-year-old Briton might have spent his competitive years on the World Cup ski circuit, racing against the likes of Franz Klammer. Instead, he developed into the world's premiere ski speedster, reaching a record 132.06 m.p.h. at Les Arcs, France, last April. "The system in the U.K.
February 23, 1990 |
Downhill racers often average in excess of 65 m.p.h. in their two-minute runs down some of the world's most challenging mountains, but that's just cruising along by the standards of Steve McKinney and his fellow speed skiers. McKinney, brother of former World Cup Alpine champion Tamara McKinney, has hit 131 m.p.h. and held the world record on a couple of occasions. Now, he is the coach of the U.S.
February 23, 1992 |
Nicolas Bochatay, 27, a Swiss speed skier, was killed Saturday in a non-competition accident at Les Arcs. Bochatay apparently was skiing downhill, either in an informal warm-up session or while on his way to the competition area, when he hit a snow-grooming machine heading uphill, the Olympic organizing committee said. Hugo Steinegger, a spokesman for the organizers, said that Bochatay and teammate Pierre-Yves Jorand had been skiing on a public slope adjacent to the speed ski run.
July 16, 2011 |
America's silkiest super highway, the stretch of sea between Long Bench and Avalon, was full of skiers Saturday as the Catalina Water Ski Race went off for the 63rd time. It's the zaniest start in sports: Speedboats race in with flags announcing the event is about to begin, then a start boat sends up a flare or two. All it's lacking is Rodney Dangerfield dropping his anchor into your dinghy. Part tanning party, part grueling endurance test, this prestigious ski race is one of those "why-do-they-do-that-again?"