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March 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
About 60 of the world's fastest skiers are scheduled to compete this week in the U.S. debut of World Cup Speed Skiing. The competition runs Thursday through Saturday at Willamette Pass Ski area, about 70 miles southeast of Eugene. "They're up there training today," Dick Bonebrake, the ski area's marketing manager, said Tuesday. "They've hit about 95 m.p.h. and they're just warming up." C. J. Mueller of Breckenridge, Colo., and Kirsten Culver of Salt Lake City head the 10-member U.S. Ski Assn.
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July 16, 2011 | Chris Erskine
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?"
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September 3, 1992 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Kahn's hands are locked onto the steering wheel of his 1,100-horsepower, twin-turbocharged racing boat, which is streaking across the water at 85 miles per hour. At the end of a rope some 200 feet behind him, his 12-year-old daughter, Tami, fights to maintain her balance on a single water ski, well aware that even a momentary lapse of concentration could result in major bodily trauma. Speed water skiing, a family sport? Yes, indeed, say Bill and Connie Kahn of Oxnard.
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January 1, 1994 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
A decade after his stunning downhill victory in the 1984 Olympic Games at Sarajevo, Bill Johnson's opinions still form into words at the starting gate, his larynx, then blast out from his mouth with the recklessness of runaway skis. Johnson is 33 now, a father and home builder, but beneath that veneer beats the heart of the wayward downhill racer who abhorred authority and won the gold medal on his own skis, on his own terms.
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February 23, 1992 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 22, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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February 23, 1990 | BOB LOCHNER
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.
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July 16, 2011 | Chris Erskine
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?"
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February 23, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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February 22, 1990 | BOB LOCHNER
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.
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September 3, 1992 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Kahn's hands are locked onto the steering wheel of his 1,100-horsepower, twin-turbocharged racing boat, which is streaking across the water at 85 miles per hour. At the end of a rope some 200 feet behind him, his 12-year-old daughter, Tami, fights to maintain her balance on a single water ski, well aware that even a momentary lapse of concentration could result in major bodily trauma. Speed water skiing, a family sport? Yes, indeed, say Bill and Connie Kahn of Oxnard.
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February 23, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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February 23, 1992 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 22, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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July 10, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Federal District Court jury in Los Angeles on Tuesday awarded Clayton Jacobson, the inventor of the jet ski, a $21.5-million judgment against Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan and its U.S. subsidiaries. Jacobson, a former Los Angeles resident who now lives in Lake Tahoe, has battled the Japanese company since about 1971, when he first granted them license to manufacture and sell the jet ski, a high-speed, motorized water ski referred to as a "personal watercraft."
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March 7, 1991 | BOB LOCHNER
"It's here! Top's open. Skiing is great." That was the bulletin this week from Mammoth Mountain, where snow depths are being measured in feet--rather than inches--for the first time this winter. Between six and seven feet, to be precise. Of course, Mammoth isn't the only California ski area to benefit from the recent series of storms. Closer to Los Angeles, Kratka Ridge, Mt.
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March 28, 1985 | BOB LOCHNER
Just when it seemed as if ski season was winding down and visions of the beach were dancing in skiers' heads, another winter storm blustered its way through California this week, setting up a very white Easter week, indeed. Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain each picked up 36 inches of powder by noon Wednesday, with more coming down, and their total depths were reported as 121 inches and 94 inches, respectively. An avalanche warning has been issued by the U.S.
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October 11, 1987 | MIKE CLARK, Associated Press
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.
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February 14, 1991 | BOB LOCHNER
Far West competitors swept the ballet events in the World Freestyle Skiing Championships being held at Lake Placid, N.Y. Ellen Breen, 27, of West Hills in the San Fernando Valley, took the women's gold medal Monday, and Lane Spina, 29, of Reno became the men's champion Tuesday. Their victories assure them places on the U.S. team that will demonstrate the sport at the 1992 Winter Olympics next February in France. Donna Weinbrecht, 25, of West Milford, N.J.
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March 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
About 60 of the world's fastest skiers are scheduled to compete this week in the U.S. debut of World Cup Speed Skiing. The competition runs Thursday through Saturday at Willamette Pass Ski area, about 70 miles southeast of Eugene. "They're up there training today," Dick Bonebrake, the ski area's marketing manager, said Tuesday. "They've hit about 95 m.p.h. and they're just warming up." C. J. Mueller of Breckenridge, Colo., and Kirsten Culver of Salt Lake City head the 10-member U.S. Ski Assn.
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