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Vail athlete update: Vonn breaks pinky while Schleper leads U.S. women after first run By Geoff Mintz Mountaineer Staff Writer The second run of the Olympic women’s giant slalom was postponed Wednesday due to dense fog and rescheduled for today.
The first leg was held in heavy snow and low visibility. Organizers attempted to get the second run in by shortening the course and delaying the start several times. But the fog only got worse, slowly creeping down the mountain and making it
nearly impossible to see. Vail native Sarah Schleper had the best run for the American woman, 14th overall. Lindsey Vonn did-notfinish, which has been the outcome of most of her GS races this season, [See OLYMPIC GS, page 9]
Sarah Schleper of Vail speeds down the course during the first run of the Women’s giant slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, yesterday. Schleper led the U.S. squad and was 14th overall after the first run, the second and final run was postponed due to weather. AP photo.
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Governor Ritter signs ‘Twinkie Tax’ and others
Gov. Bill Ritter said he had no choice when he signed a package of bills taxing everything from candy and soda to online sales on Wednesday to help close a $1.5 billion shortfall in next year’s $18 billion budget. The new laws are expected to raise about $148 million over the next two years. “Signing these bills was not something I wanted to do, but it was something that was necessary in order to keep the budget balanced and to continue positioning Colorado for a strong and healthy recovery,” said Ritter. Republicans were quick to pounce, saying the additional taxes would hurt businesses and the economy. “Once again I find myself in the posi[See THE UPDATE, pages 6-7]
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Pictured here is Tilikum, a SeaWorld killer whale that seized a trainer in its jaws yesterday and thrashed the woman around underwater, killing her in front of a horrified audience. It marked the third time Tilikum had been involved in a human death. See story inside.
Valley nonprofits receive $46,000 in grants By Dawn Witlin Special to the Mountaineer
In 2008, the Valley Salvation Army served 1,868 residents in need, a number that nearly tripled to 2,963 in the year 2009, said Executive Director Tsu Wolin Brown. Wolin-Brown joined Karen Koenemann of Red Ribbon Project, Sheri Mintz of Bright Future Foundation, Pam Melot of Miller Ranch Child Care Cen-
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ter, Susie Davis of the Youth Foundation and Kathy Brendza of New American School, at Gallegos Construction in Wolcott, where Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation awarded the various Valley non-profits with $46,000 in grants yesterday. El Pomar gave $31,000 to the Bright Future Foundation, which helps victims of domestic violence become self-sufficient. The group also gave $5,000 each to Food Rescue Express, The Vail Salva-
tion Army and Red Ribbon Project. “This is a once-a-year gift just to say thank you and leverage it, by all means, in any way you can,” El Pomar board member Elaine Kelton said as the checks were presented. “I wish we could quintuple what we are able to do.” The gathering provided a rare opportunity for each of the charity representatives to air their vision, hope and fear for the future of the valley’s needy. “We’re [See NONPROFITS, page 8]
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Habitat dedicates 2 more homes By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer When you dedicate homes by the dozen, like the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, you establish a few traditions. Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties yesterday handed the keys to their 26th and 27th Fox Hollow homes to their two new partner homeowners, the Amaya and Castillo families. â€œThis is a dream come true,â€? said Ada Amaya. â€œI never thought that I would have the opportunity to buy my own home to better the lives of my children. I use to think it was not possible, but now I know it is true.â€? The Amaya and Castillo families cut the ribbons and invited everyone inside, another tradition. The families received keys, real and ceremonials. The real keys open the front doors. The ceremonial keys symbolically unlock a life of hope, opportunity and love. Bible are part of the package, along with other gifts from Habitat supporters, including handmade quilts from the Eagle River Presbyterian Church quilters. Every new partner family gets most of the same gifts. If something works, you stick with it. Then those adorable children handed their gifts to the Habitat volunteers, and if there were dry eyes in the house, they were lying eyes. Father Brookes Keith asked Godâ€™s blessing on the. During construction, volunteer crews some-
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times open work days with prayer, and often write notes or blessings on wall studs or floors. The theory is that when something is hemmed in prayer, itâ€™s less likely to come unraveled. â€œThe Bible says that people build houses, but only God can build a home,â€? Keith said. â€œYouâ€™ve been building a house. Today God begins building a home.â€? The two families have six children between them, and that makes almost 100 kids the local Habitat group has helped house in Fox Hollow. You should hear the laughter ring off the surrounding hillsides. This is their first opportunity to own a home, and if you ever purchased a home yourself, you know what it felt like; taking on a mortgage and the fears and pride associated with that,â€? said Stacey Nibbelink, vice president of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Eagle & Lake Counties. Habitat families can now focus more on thriving than surviving, said Kristi Moon, with the local Habitat affiliate. Building Company helped coordinate building the latest duplex in Habitatâ€™s Fox Hollow site in Edwards. Many other subcontractors and volunteer groups contributed to the building process, and the families themselves worked hundreds of hours to help construct their new homes. Habitat puts together donations of money, materials and volunteer labor to build homes. Those homes are sold to partner families that earn
between 25 percent and 60 percent of the area median income. The partner families work 750 hours, building sweat equity before they start making mortgage payments. Families make a small down payment and pay monthly mortgage payments on a zero interest mortgage. mortgage payment revolves back through the organization and funds construction of the next house, and the next, until youâ€™re at 27 and running strong. Habitatâ€™s goal is to not simply build homes, but to build and strengthen lives and communities,â€? Moon said. â€œWe offer people a hand up, not a hand out, by giving them the tools they need to succeed.â€? Founded in 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with local families in need. By the end of the Fox Hollow home project, theyâ€™ll have completed 35 homes:,housing 35 families and more than 100 children. Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties is one of 31 affiliates in Colorado, and part of a global organization serving 3,000 communities in nearly 90 countries. Since it was founded in 1976, Habitat International has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, go to www. HabitatVailValley.org.
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Renowned mountain guide Jeff Evans at Pavilion tonight By Dawn Witlin Special to the Mountaineer World renowned adventurer Jeff Evans will speak tonight on his experiences as one of the country’s most respected mountaineering guides. Evans appearance is part four of the Vail Symposium’s Unlimited Adventure Series, which began seven years ago in partnership with the Vail Public Library. The series seeks to bring men and women of all athletic talents and experience to share their lives lived on the edge. “One of the reasons we reached out to Jeff is because of Michael Brown, who did the movie ‘Farther than the Eye Can See,’” said VS Executive Director Carrie Marsh. “I approached Michael and said ‘Who
does the Vail Symposium Unlimited Adventure Series need to hear from?’ and he said Jeff Evans. That says a lot because Michael Brown has a huge following…so that’s neat that he had such a glowing recommendation.” Evans most well-known experiences as a guide began in the early 1990s when he and a then unknown blind climber named Erik Weihenmayer tackled ascents for the disabled. Since then, the pair have climbed Mt. McKinley, El Capitan, Leaning Tower, Aconcagua, culminating with a successful summit of Mt Everest in 2001, which captured the world’s attention. Evans has since made a career as a motivational speaker through his company MountainVisionInc. “(Evans) has told me ‘I’m asked
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Cyclist LeMond objects to Yellowstone Club deal A U.S. bankruptcy judge is halting the new owners of the Yellowstone Club from buying a key piece of property within the exclusive ski resort, a move that likely sits well with cyclist Greg Lemond. LeMond, one of the club’s original members, had objected to the deal. His family holds a $13.5 million lien on the Montana property. His attorneys say the sale is being rushed through without giving others a chance to make an offer. CrossHarbor Capital Partners of Boston bought the resort last year for $115 million. The sale didn’t include a 160-acre compound owned by the club’s bankrupt former owner, Edra Blixseth. That property was once valued at $56 million. But in October, CrossHarbor reached a tentative deal to buy it for $8.5 million. In a ruling Monday ruling, Judge Ralph Kirscher said Blixseth’s trustee must seek better offers.
Pictured here is the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, Mont. A U.S. bankruptcy judge is stopping the new owners of the Yellowstone Club from buying a key piece of property within the ski resort. One of the clubs original members, cycling star Greg LeMond had objected to the deal. AP photo.
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Happy anniversary, US Olympic hockey team The goaltending couldnâ€™t havenâ€™t been better in the U.S. defeat of much-hyped Canada. The timing couldnâ€™t be more perfect, either. Now, the latest hockey team to capture the American public imaginationâ€™s needs only to write a happy ending to this success story in the making, just like the 1960 and 1980 teams did. Winning the game they supposedly couldnâ€™t against a virtual NHL all-star team that Canadians believed was ordained for gold, the Americansâ€™ unexpected 5-3 victory Sunday advanced them to Wednesdayâ€™s quarterfinals as the top-seeded team. This game wasnâ€™t for a medal. Canada wasnâ€™t eliminated; the Americans are assured of nothing but a bye before they play the Switzerland-Belarus winner. Even so, this was a magical moment for U.S. hockey that, at least in the Olympics, hasnâ€™t been matched since the Miracle on Ice in 1980. â€œYou just canâ€™t beat it. It was fun,â€? Paul Stastny said. â€œIt was a once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere.â€? Fittingly, Monday is the 30th anniversary of the United Statesâ€™ monumental upset against the Soviet Unionâ€™s supposedly unbeatable all-world team in Lake Placid. A gold medal by the Americans in the Vancouver Games wouldnâ€™t be nearly as improbable but, only a week ago, the United States was widely considered to be at a level below the Canadians, Russians and Swedes. That was before the Americans won all three round-robin games in regulation. â€œWeâ€™ve come a long way and coming into this tournament we were probably considered underdogs, but we have a good team and a good mix of players,â€? for-
ward Patrick Kane said. As so often happens in Olympics, the teams that mesh the fastest often are those that advance the furthest. The four U.S. goals Sunday came from their most-experienced players: Brian Rafalski scored twice and Jamie Langenbrunner and Chris Drury also had goals. â€œHopefully it provides the confidence we need to keep moving forward but emotionally we need to make sure we are not going to get too high,â€? goalie Ryan Miller said after making 42 saves, not all of them easy. While the talent-packed Canadians are frantically searching for a linemate to go with Sidney Crosby and Rick Nash, the Americans already seem to be coming together. The team is one of the youngest to represent the United States in the Olympics. Though the average age of the players is 26, the team has speed and cohesion, youth with a dash with experience, confidence and, unlike the Canadians, no great expectations to drag them down. And, oh, yes, goaltending. Canadaâ€™s Martin Brodeur may be the best in the world but he wasnâ€™t the better goalie on the ice. â€œHeâ€™s definitely the main reason why we won,â€? Kesler said of Miller. â€œHe gave us a chance to win.â€? There are connections between this U.S. team and the Miracle team of three decades ago. According to Jim Craig, the Miracle on Ice goalie, Miller wore a shamrock on his mask in honor of Craig. There are other links to â€˜80, too. Ryan Suter, who had two assists, is the son of â€˜80 defenseman Bob Suter. And defenseman Brooks Orpik was named for â€˜80 coach Herb Brooks.
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tion of watching Colorado Democrats make incredible mistakes for our economy against the warnings of citizens, consumers, and the business community. Even as Coloradans continue to lose their jobs to the recession, Democrats have chosen government bureaucracy over the health of Coloradoâ€™s economy,â€? said House Minority Leader Mike May, a Republican from Parker.
Greece is sizzling
Some 50,000 Greek workers took to the streets and a few protesters threw rocks and red paint in clashes with police during the widest strike yet against the governmentâ€™s austerity plan aimed at easing the countryâ€™s debt crisis. The unrest flared yesterday amid a looming deadline for demonstrating tough cuts demanded by the European Union and fresh revelations over faulty Greek data reporting that triggered the financial turmoil. Athens is battling to calm the crisis and European fears it could spread to other countries with troubled finances such as Portugal, Spain and Italy. Strikes grounded flights, idled cargo ships and ferries, and left commuters in Athens without most public transportation. State-run schools, tax offices and municipalities all shut down and public hospitals limped by using emergency staff.
Dodd: Join us or get out of the way
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, holding out little hope for todayâ€™s televised bipartisan summit on health care, are prepared to try for a far-reaching bill in the coming weeks without a single Republican vote. With Democrats unwilling to start from scratch, â€œI think itâ€™s nearly impossible to imagine a scenario under which we could reach an agreement,â€? said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who will attend the televised six-hour meeting across from the White House. Given such comments, Democratic leaders say they hope to persuade House Democrats to swallow their objections and approve a health bill the Senate passed on Christmas Eve. In return, Senate Democrats would have to agree to make various changes to health care laws under budget reconciliation rules, which bar GOP delaying tactics. â€œTomorrow weâ€™ll have that meeting ... But far more important after that meeting, you can either join us or get out of the way,â€? Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said at a rally yesterday.
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A killer whale attacked and killed a trainer in front of a horrified audience at a SeaWorld show yesterday, with witnesses saying the animal -- involved in two previous human deaths -- dragged the trainer under and thrashed her around violently. Distraught audience members were hustled out of the stadium, and the park was immediately closed. Veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau, 40, was one of the parkâ€™s most experienced. It wasnâ€™t clear if she drowned or died from the thrashing. SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs confirmed the whale was Tilikum, one of three orcas blamed for killing a trainer who lost her balance and fell in the pool with them in 1991 at Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. Tilikum was also involved in a 1999 death, when the naked body of a man who had sneaked by Orlando SeaWorld security was found draped over him. The man either jumped, fell or was pulled into the frigid water and died of hypothermia, though he was also bruised and scratched by Tilikum.
New England pummeled with snow
A powerful winter storm dumped a foot or more of snow in the Northeast yesterday, knocking out power to thousands and stalling air traffic from Boston to Philadelphia, all ahead of a second system packing strong winds that could blanket the area with another foot of snow. The storm cut a swath from eastern Pennsylvania into northern New England, slamming typically snowy regions that had been spared the paralyzing storms that hit cities farther south earlier this winter. About 150,000 customers lost power Wednesday, hundreds of schools were closed and at least three traffic deaths were blamed on the storm. The system was the first of a 1-2 winter punch. Another storm forecast to hit Thursday is expected to pack winds of up to 50 mph, which could cause more power outages, and dump a foot or more of snow on some areas by Friday. Meteorologists said some areas of New Yorkâ€™s Adirondack and Catskill mountains and Vermontâ€™s Green Mountains could get as much as 2 feet by the weekend
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Toyota says Iâ€™m sorry
Under blistering criticism, Toyota President Akio Toyoda personally and repeatedly apologized to Congress and millions of anxious American car-owners yesterday for deadly defects in popular models produced by his Japanese company. But angry lawmakers forcefully declared it was hardly enough. â€œWhere is the remorse?â€? scolded Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio. And Republican John Mica of Florida held aloft what he called an â€œabsolutely appallingâ€? Toyota report bragging of defusing a safety investigation. Of Toyodaâ€™s apology, Kaptur said, â€œI do not think it reflects significant remorse for those who have died.â€? Federal safety officials have received reports linking 34 deaths in the United States to safety defects in Toyota cars and trucks over the past decade. â€œI extend my sincerest condolences to them from the bottom of my heart,â€? responded Toyoda, grandson of the founder of the worldâ€™s largest auto company. â€œIâ€™m deeply sorry for any accident that Toyota drivers have experienced.â€?
Google a criminal in Italy
It seems that when it comes to letting the Web be the Web, it could be the United States against the world. An Italian judge yesterday held three Google executives criminally responsible for an online video of an autistic teenager being bullied â€” a verdict that raises concerns that the Internet giant, and others like it, may be forced to police their content in Italy, and even beyond. The reaction to the verdict in the United States was
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More cautious military raids promised in Afghanistan
American troops knocked on the door, and before the Afghan family could find the key to let them in, the soldiers broke it down. There was no time to take women in the home to another place, said 77-year-old Mohammad Nabi. And thatâ€™s what troubled the retired school teacher most about the intrusion in the southern town of Marjah. â€œIf they ask us to take our women and daughters in another place and then they do the search, we have no problems,â€? Nabi told an Associated Press reporter. â€œWe will cooperate with them. But they just enter the house and start searching and they donâ€™t care who is there.â€? A new directive, confirmed Wednesday by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, aims to limit such nighttime raids on civilians. It was prompted by a storm of complaints from Afghans who, like Nabi, who were enraged over foreign soldiers bursting into their homes. The move is the most recent by coalition forces to woo the Afghan public away from the Taliban.
Why not â€˜One and a Half Menâ€™?
CBS is temporarily halting production of televisionâ€™s top-rated comedy, â€œTwo and a Half Men,â€? following news from Charlie Sheenâ€™s publicist that the actor is in rehab and is taking a break from the show. Publicist Stan Rosenfield announced Tuesday that Sheen has entered a rehab facility â€œas a preventative measure.â€? He asked for privacy for Sheen, 44, but did not specify why the embattled actor was seeking treatment. â€”Update stories, unless otherwise cited, appear courtesy The Associated Press
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looking at work right now and weâ€™re not seeing anything,â€? said Gerald Gallegos, El Pomar board member and owner of Gallegos Construction. â€œWeâ€™re busy now with the Solaris in Vail ... but come summertime, nothing.â€?
Mintz said her agency is responding to the economic crisis with increased financial literacy programs. â€œWhereas in the past we had to coerce our clients to take these financial courses, now theyâ€™re welcoming it, they want to learn how
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explore new projects such as the Emmitt-Nershi Band, tonight featuring special guests Jason Carter of the Del McCoury Band and Keith Moseley also of String Cheese Incident. â€œWeâ€™ve all known each other for many years. Even way before Billy was with String Cheese, he used to come see Salmon shows,â€? Drew Emmitt said in an interview with the Mountaineer yesterday. â€œThen when String Cheese got going, the two bands used to do shows together back in the day. Emmitt said he and Nershi have a lot in common in terms of their roots and â€œthe whole bluegrass thing.â€? â€œOver the years we picked together here and there. I was invited to go on the String Cheese bus for three shows, just before they went on hiatus, to play Jackson Hole, Bozeman, Montana and Spokane, Washington,â€? Emmitt explained. â€œBilly and I were pickinâ€™ in the back of the bus with the rest of the band and we kind of started talking about putting together a band.â€? Emmitt said there are definitely some similarities between his current project with Bill Nershi and the collaboration of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, a legendary mandolinist who is a generation or so Emmittâ€™s senior. Garcia and Grisman recorded popular bluegrass albums such as The Pizza Tapes and Shady Grove. â€œGrisman is one of my earliest influences, as well as Garcia and The Dead and Iâ€™m sure for Billy also. Iâ€™ve had the wonderful opportunity to become friends with David [Grisman] and play on stage with him a number of times. Unfortunately, I never got to play with Jerry. But, yeah, there are definitely some similarities. Billy is sort of a modern-day Jerry in the jam band world.â€?
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Growing up in Nashville, Tenn., the heart of Bluegrass Country, Emmitt never actually got into bluegrass until he moved to Colorado and attended the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the early 1980s. He picked up the bluegrass banjo for a while as a teenager and went on to discover the mandolin, with some encouragement from his mother, realizing that it was better suited for singing. â€œI took to it right away and just loved it. I began carrying the thing with me everywhere, and it just kind of became a part of my life,â€? Emmitt said. â€œIâ€™ve been playing bluegrass for â€“ gosh â€“ a long time, since the early â€™80s. Itâ€™s always been a big part of my life, and the whole festival experience has always been a big part of my career,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s really nice to get back to that and get away from the drums and electric guitars for a little while and play some acoustic music. Itâ€™s really fun to rock people out that way.â€? For their album â€œNew Country Blues,â€? the two pickers wrote the music over a long weekend in Estes Park. â€œWe wrote the songs in three days,â€? Drew said. â€œWe holed up in this house and we just sat and came up with these tunes. It was a really smooth process. We bring out a lot of good things in each other musically, and we do well playing off each other.â€? The duo loves playing Colorado mountain towns and they hope to do some skiing while theyâ€™re here. â€œWe always have a great time in playing in Vail. We did our Salmon show last year at Dobson and it was really fun. The Samana Lounge is a really great place. Weâ€™re always treated really well there; itâ€™s always a great vibe. We love the folks in Vail.â€?
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and broke her pinky. Defending gold medalist in this event and underwear entrepreneur Julia Mancuso sits in 18th. With tough conditions that lend themselves to DNFs and being only a little over a second back, it wasnâ€™t out of the question for Schleper to go on to medal yesterday. â€œShe needs to have the run of her life, but she can still do it,â€? her dad Buzz told the Mountaineer after the first run yesterday. For Schleper, the postponement hopefully will not disturb her pattern of throwing down a big second run, which, in other races this season, has defined her success. Making her fourth Olympic berth, Sarah came back to the sport after a two-year hiatus due to a torn ACL and maternity leave. Sheâ€™s hoping to bring home an Olympic medal, which has eluded her over her long career thus far. They key for Schleper has been putting together solid back-to-back runs. (GS and slalom consist of two runs with the best aggregate time determining the winner.) In Lienz, Austria, with the fastest second run, she proved she could ski faster than everyone else on the World Cup. Last night the forecast was calling for rain and snow through the night and into this morning. Elisabeth Goergl of Austria led the opening leg in 1 minute, 15.12 seconds. Taina Barioz of France was only 0.02 behind, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 0.16 back. It wonâ€™t be the first time an Olympic race is held over
Vonnâ€™s pinky not the only crash victim In the very instant that Lindsey Vonn spun out of control during Wednesdayâ€™s Olympic giant slalom, breaking a finger and ending her latest medal bid, Julia Mancuso â€” Vonnâ€™s teammate and lifelong rival, not to mention the defending champion â€” sped toward that same spot. As Vonn laid in the snow off to the side of a course, tangled up in blue netting like a jumbo pretzel, an official waved a yellow flag through the heavy snowflakes and dense fog to warn Mancuso that she needed to stop. Otherwise, Mancuso would risk slamming into Vonn. â€œI was kind of thinking, like, â€˜Is this really happening?â€™ It was hard to kind of wrap my head around it,â€? Mancuso said, â€œjust because itâ€™s something that I would not expect, ever.â€? And so it was that a rare confluence of events â€” awful weather, shortened intervals between racers, Vonnâ€™s crash immediately before Mancusoâ€™s start-and-stop â€” conspired to bring these two together, possibly dashing the hopes each harbored for a third medal at these Winter Games. â€“ The Associated Press contributed to this report
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two days. At the 2006 Turin Games, the slalom runs of the womenâ€™s combined were held one day and the downhill leg the next. After this race, two more events remain on the Alpine schedule â€” the womenâ€™s slalom Friday and the menâ€™s slalom Saturday.
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Freezbee anyone? First Ea By Randy Wyrick Mountaineer Staff Writer You want to play disc golf in the snow, and you want to do it soon. Luckily for you, the Eagle Ice Bowl is Sunday. Kevin Sharkey is running it, and it really is a great idea. Itâ€™s a fundraiser for Can Do MS. The idea came from local disc golfer Jason Congleton. Jason was playing disc golf in the snow with his dog, which would help Jason find a disc in the unlikely event he lost one. Since Jasonâ€™s pretty good, he hardly ever does, but the dog is happy to come along. Anyway, Congleton mentioned it to Sharkey, who mentioned it to his wife, who works for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis. Faster than you can say, â€œItâ€™s NOT a Frisbee!â€? a benefit disc golf fundraiser was born. Itâ€™s this Sunday. PDGA Did you know thereâ€™s a Professional Disc Golf Association, the PDGA? Itâ€™s like the PGA, only without all the Tiger Woods jokes and plaid pants. It should stand for Pretty Darned Great Activity, but it doesnâ€™t. You can actually make money playing disc golf,
Winter disc golf tournamen which is another reason to love America. It turns out that Ice Bowl is an honest-to-goodness registered trade name and this is a sanctioned event through the PDGA. The Eagle Ice Bowl joins at least 10 other Ice Bowls around the country this weekend. Ice Bowls are even held in South America, but not generally this time of year, because itâ€™s summer there. Check the PDGA Web site and youâ€™ll find that the first Eagle Ice Bowl is a sanctioned event. Sharkey says a few Front Range professionals are coming up to play, but that snow is a great equalizer and that you shouldnâ€™t let it slow you down. Because they may have some fresh snow, and Congletonâ€™s dog wonâ€™t be available to retrieve your disc, you might want to use a little packing tape to fasten a ribbon to your disc, Sharkey said. The ribbon might cost you a little aerodynamics and a few yards, but a disc will cost you $25 and theyâ€™re surprisingly easy to lose. You can get discs at Sports Authority in Avon, and you need at least three â€“ one that flies long and straight, one for middle distances and one thatâ€™s basically a flying putter â€“ and not the same way your regular golf put-
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