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U.S. moguls squad eager to start "official" camp

By Pete Rugh

The U.S. freestyle moguls team doesn’t open its official fall camp until Sunday, but most of the team’s athletes have already put in enough unofficial on-snow training to make an impression on new head coach Scott Rawles.     Rawles accompanied a small group to Zermatt, Switzerland, for a minicamp last month, and about eight skiers […]

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2010 Olympic freestyle venue is ready for action

By Pete Rugh

The freestyle site at British Columbia's Cypress Mountain, which will host the moguls and aerials events and six snowboarding events, is the first 2010 Winter Games venue to be competition-ready.

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The Ski Tour firms up plans for 4-event season

By Pete Rugh

The winter competition scene just got a little hotter with a spectator-friendly, big-name skiing showcase set to debut.     This winter, The Ski Tour plays out at four of America’s top resorts — Sun Valley, Idaho; Breckenridge Colorado; Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado; and Squaw Valley, California. The world’s best skiers will compete in skiercross or skier halfpipe […]

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Icer Air packs in 25,000 for big-air theatrics

By Pete Rugh

The San Francisco Giants may be the city’s most popular sporting entity, but when 25,000 people stormed the Giants’ AT&T Park on Nov. 4, baseball season seemed like an abstraction. No, these folks were not brooding over Balco bombs and Barry Bonds — they were thinking snow.       The second annual Esurance Icer Air Competition […]

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Big air on the horizon for San Fran's Icer Air 2006

By Pete Rugh

The San Francisco Giants may have packed it in for the winter, but AT&T Park is just heating up. When the second annual Esurance Icer Air Festival takes flight on Saturday, the plush Major League Baseball venue will serve as the site of the nation’s first-ever stadium ski and snowboard big-air competition.

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Freestyle team starts '07 with chunk of retirees

By Pete Rugh

The customary post-Olympic retirements have taken a fistful of medal winners from the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, but an equally big cluster of talent remains for the 2007 season, topped by moguls world champions Nate Roberts and Hannah Kearney.

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Freestyle NorAm, selections calendars set

By Pete Rugh

Competition schedules for the 2007 freestyle NorAm Cup and U.S. Ski Team selections have been set for the coming winter.     The NorAm Cup is the freestyle skiing Continental Cup series for North America and a proving ground for athletes aspiring to compete at the World Cup level and higher. Last season Americans won seven […]

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Rawles embraces moguls coaching challenges

By Pete Rugh

Scott Rawles has a new title, but his face is hardly new within the tight-knit moguls group on the U.S. freestyle ski team.     Last week, Rawles was named the new head coach of the U.S. moguls squad, replacing longtime head man Donnie St. Pierre. Rawles began his career with the U.S. team in 1999 […]

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Longtime U.S. freestyle coach St. Pierre retires

By Pete Rugh

Donnie St. Pierre, whose athletes won seven World Cup titles and 14 Olympic and World Championships medals, is retiring after 15 years as a U.S. Ski Team coach. Taking over is Scott Rawles, with the team since 2001.

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Nine Olympians among 30 named to U.S. freestyle team

By Pete Rugh

Reigning moguls world champions Nate Roberts and Hannah Kearney plus former Olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke are among a 30-member U.S. freestyle ski team for the 2006-07 season.

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