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OFFICIAL OLYMPIC TEAM BIOGRAPHIES Alpine - Cross Country - Freestyle - Jumping - Nordic Combined - Snowboard -

U.S. SKI TEAM - U.S. SNOWBOARDING CONTACT INFORMATION The U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding media team will work together with the U.S. Olympic Committee to provide access to news and information, as well as an athlete media contact point during the Olympic Winter Games in Torino. Following is an outline of contact information and specific Games assignments.

Main Spokesperson Tom Kelly, tkelly@ussa.org,
Sport-by-Sport Contacts Alpine, Women - Juliann Fritz, jfritz@ussa.org, +39.648.453.7749 Alpine, Men - Marc Habermann, mhabermann@ussa.org, +39.348.453.7750 Freestyle/Snowboard - Lisa Antonucci, lantonucci@ussa.org, +39.348.453.7748 Nordic - Tom Kelly, tkelly@ussa.org, +39.648.453.7751 * NOTE: Multiple nordic press officers will be working venue on an event-by-event basis Special Services
Special projects - Calum Clark, cclark@ussa.org, +39.348.453.7840 News bureau - Scott Flanders, sflanders@ussa.org, +39.348.453.7842 Nordic info - Paul Robbins, probbins@ussa.org, +39.348.453.7843 Photography coordination - Matt Sullivan, msullivan@ussa.org, +39.348.453.7779 Photographer (Torino) - Jonathan Selkowitz, jonathan@selkophoto.com, +39.348.453.7841 Photo Agency (Torino) - Getty Images/Zoom, Photo Agency (USA) - Getty Images, Jennifer Rose, jennifer.rose@gettyimages.com, 323.202.4164 Photo Agency (USA) - Selko Photo, info@selkophoto.com, 317.733.7366
U.S. Domestic Office Public relations - Christa Graff, cgraff@ussa.org, 435.647.2093 Photography - Andy Cantor, acantor@ussa.org, 435.647.2038
USOC Press Offices U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding staff will work from the Torino MPC offices from Feb. 2-9, then will be based in the Sestriere MPC for the remainder of the Games.
USOC Sestriere Press Center Fax, +
Primary Informational Web Sites http://www.usskiteam.com http://www.ussnowboarding.com http://www.usocpressbox.org


Afternoon Edition
Squaw Valley
Here at Squaw, we are enjoying beautiful sunshine and great skiing and riding. Conditions are perfect spring corn on south facing slopes and winter conditions on the north. Big things are happening this weekend at Squaw including our Olympic Heritage Celebration, live music, on-mountain races, kids activities and the best darn skiing and riding in California.

OLYMPIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION - FEB 10-13. Come join in the Squaw Valley Olympic Heritage Celebration starting Friday, Feb. 10th with a weekend full of great activities steeped in Olympic tradition. Ski in the Torch Parade, watch vintage Olympic movies in the Village, attend an amazing ice skating exhibition at the Olympic Ice Pavilion and cheer on Squaw Valley Olympians as they compete for the Gold. Details call 530-583-6985. Click here for the full schedule. A few highlights are:
FRIDAY: 1960 OLYMPIC MOVIE. Outdoor showing on the Big Screen at dusk * SATURDAY: SKI THE TORCH PARADE. Join former Olympians at Gold Coast. Parade starts 12:30pm. Olympic reception following at the Olympic House Sun Deck approx 12:45pm.* SUNDAY: OLYMPIC ICE CELEBRATION Come Join us at the Olympic Ice Pavilion for a great ice skating exhibition with performances by local and national figure skaters . 11am.* SAT-MON: J3 FUTURE OLYMPIANS SUPER-G RACES. Far West Association on the Exhibition race course. *Weather pending. ALL WEEK: CHEER ON OLYMPIANS. Watch all the televised games at Olympic House bars and Le Chamois.
"I LOVE SQUAW" VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL - $43 LIFT TICKET Look like a hero when you treat your date to a day skiing and riding at Squaw. Pre-purchase your lift ticket for ONLY $43 and spread the love.
Squaw Shop
The 1960 Squaw Valley Games were preceded by a controversy when the organizing committee refused to build a bobsleigh run because only nine nations had indicated an intention to take part. This was the only time that bobsledding was not included in the Olympic programme. As the Games were held in California, it seemed fitting that the chairman of the Pageantry Committee in charge of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies was none other than Walt Disney. A new sport, biathlon (a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting) was added to the Olympic programme. The first race was won by Klas Lestander of Sweden. Women competed in speed skating for the first time. Male speed skater Yevgeny Grishin gained victories in the 500m and the 1,500m, just as he had in 1956. The United States ice hockey team won an unexpected championship, upsetting both Canada and the USSR.
Official opening of the Games by: Vice-president Richard Nixon?

Poster from Olympic Museum Collection
Squaw Valley got KT?

Olympic venue revisited
Nagano Japan
XVIII Olympic Winter Games
In 1998 the Winter Olympic Games returned to Japan after 26 years. Snowboarding debuted as an official discipline. Curling was returned to the Olympic Winter programme this time with a tournament for both men and women. For the first time, the men's ice hockey tournament was opened to all professionals and women’s ice hockey was introduced to the Olympic programme. The inspired team from the Czech Republic scored a surprise victory. Björn Dählie won three gold medals in Nordic skiing to become the first winter athlete to earn eight career olympic gold medals and twelve total medals. Tara Lipinski won the women’s figure skating title to become, at 15, the youngest champion in an individual event in the history of the Winter Olympics. The spirit of the Games was exemplified by Alpine skier Hermann Maier. Maier survived a spectacular fall in the downhill, recovered and earned gold medals in both the super-G and the giant slalom.
Participation: 72 NOCs (Nations)
2,176 athletes (787 women, 1,389 men) 68 events

During the downhill, Hermann Maier (AUT-alpine skiing) took a spectacular fall: he lost his grip at 120km/h and eventually landed after three and a half seconds in the air. Three days later he raced in the super-G and won the gold medal. He then earned a second gold medal in the giant slalom.

Photo from Nazowa
Today have a look at one of the Nagano resorts
Happo one

Olympic Organization

Snow Alert from Whiteface N.Y.
Snow Alert for Alyeska

Morning Edition

Whiteface Lake Placid N.Y.
Current temperatures are 16F at Base, 11F at Mid and 8F at the Summit FORECAST
TEMP: Low: -2*F High: 16*F
WIND: Base: Moderate Mid: Moderate Summit: Moderate Mostly cloudy. Winds from the west at 4mph.

Upcoming Events:
Feb 11: US Ski Team Day, Youth Races, Clinics, Games, Apre's Ski and more. Upcoming Events: Feb 11: US Ski Team Day, Youth Races, Clinics, Games, Apre's Ski and more. Fed 18: Railmaster Championship presented by Grandoe Gloves. Feb 24-26: 26th Annual Empire State Games. Feb 25: The Up and Comers Series Superpipe presented by Cunningham's Ski Barn. Mar 4: Up and Comers Series Air and Rail Finals. presented by Cunningham's Ski Barn. Mar 9-12: Nokia Snowboard FIS Worldcup/State Farm US Snowboard Cup

Whiteface -Lake Placid

The snow guns are cranking around the clock and our groomers are proving why they're the best in the business because the skiing and riding is top notch. And it only gets better.
Nordic Ski Update for 2/8/06 We are all looking forward to the 2nd annual Sugarloaf Ski Marathon and Tour (30K/15K Freestyle), ON for Sunday, February 12. Full event details and online registration can be found at www.sugarloafskimarathon.com. Great racing action as well as a touring division. Plan on checking out the fun as a spectator or participant. Conditions on the course are prime for the event... wide, flat and fast. Things get underway at 9:00 am. (For all of you regular skiers the course will be a wave start from the stadium, circumnavigate the inner loop around the bog to lower #10, come back to the bridge on #1 and back down green #7 to Pretty Bog. Ski #1 past the warming hut to #29, down #29 to #2, then up to the 2nd bridge on #1. Here starts the climb in the course up #7 to #21, 3 K's 350 ft climb. Cruise down #24 to #1, then blue #7 and the outer bog loop back to the stadium for 15.5 km. Twice for 30K.)
The rink is optimal. Hours today are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
We've got excellent snowmaking conditions and it looks like the snows of a traditional February are on their way to Sugarloaf - just in time to make for a fabulous February vacation week.
Upcoming Events
Feb 10 US Ski Team Day
Feb 10-11 Kenya 151 Live at the Widowmaker
Feb 19-24 February Vacation Week from $109 per person


Sun Peaks
Today’s Forecast: Cloudy with a few flurries. 2 to 4 cm accumulation. Wind becoming northwest 25 km/h. Clearing late in the day. High minus 1 in the morning then temperature falling to minus 5 by afternoon.
Extended Outlook: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind north 15 km/h. Low minus 10. High minus 5.
Friday and Saturday: A ridge of high pressure gives mix of sun and cloud on Friday. Increasing cloud on Saturday with flurries late in the day. Temperatures warming a few degrees with lows at Mid Mountain falling to about minus 8 overnight with daytime highs near minus 3.
Today’s Report:
Good Morning! This is Uncle Bill with the Sun Peaks Snow Report for Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 6 am. We had no new snow overnight; but with all that snow from last week, combined with the skill of our groomers the hill is in superb condition at the top , mid-mountain right down to the Village. Our base is sitting at a beautiful 171cm.
All our major lifts are turning today. All 3 mountains are 100% open, with all of our 117 runs open and ready for you to explore and enjoy.
Sun PEaks

Swiss Info news Letter
The largest ever Swiss delegation at the 20th Olympic Winter Games in Turin will be going to Italy with high hopes of repeating past Olympic successes.
The Swiss Olympic Association expects the 130 athletes to win eight medals this year. Four years ago the Swiss team brought home 11 medals.
Swiss Olympic is has fixed a target of eight medals for the Swiss team at the Turin games, which take place from February 10-26.
The team's Olympic song, called We are on fire! was composed by Marc Sway, a Swiss of Brazilian origins. It was presented for the first time at the Swiss sports awards.

The Swiss team won 11 medals (3 golds, 2 silvers and 6 bronzes) at Salt Lake City, Utah, four years ago.
In Calgary in 1998 the medal total was 15. However, other games have proved less fruitful: Nagano in 1998 (7), Lillehammer in 1994 (9), and Albertville in 1992 (3). Turin is made up of a record 130 athletes. It's one of the largest ever, as it includes for the first time two ice hockey teams. - The delegation's budget for the games is SFr2 million ($1.6 million). - In Salt Lake City, the delegation comprised 114 athletes. - Four years before that, in Nagano in Japan, it had only 74 members. Swiss Info

My Switzerland

Bernese Oberland Follow the footsteps of James Bond on the summit of the Schilthorn (Piz Gloria). Marvel at the towering trio of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Travel by Jungfrau Railway up to the Jungfraujoch at 11 333 feet the highest railway station in Europe. And the superlatives don't end there! The Lauterbrunnen Valley is the most impressive glaciated valley in the Alps and comprises one of the largest nature-protected areas in Switzerland.
Our resorts, that offer the possibility of skiing at over 3'000 metres altitude, are unique. Each one has its own individual character and attractions. The smaller of our 121 resorts work their charm through their authenticity while the larger dazzle visitors with their magnificence.
Graubuenden is a real winter sports paradise. More than 2200 kilometers of slopes guarantee unlimited skiing, snowboarding and carving fun. With 186 different cable railways and 347 ski lifts you certainly won't get bored. Fast-moving experiences, fun and special events are the order of the day.
Resort - Hotel - Price Davos/Klosters Sunstar*** BB $1,250 Engelberg Terrace*** BB $1,089 Grindelwald Jungfrau Lodge*** BB $950 Gstaad Alphorn*** BB $1,265 Interlaken Chalet Oberland*** BB $779 Saas Fee Unique Dom*** HB $1,160 St. Moritz Laudinella*** BB $1,310 Verbier De La Poste*** HB $1,350 Zermatt Antika*** BB $1,260
Snow-reliable mountains, slopes galore, winter hiking through fairytale landscapes, and resorts packed with character. But take a look for yourself. We've gathered together a wealth of information especially for you. So read on, locate the resort that is perfect for you, and come and experience the original winter for yourself some time soon. We look forward to seeing you! Winter offers Are you looking to book your winter holiday, or just browsing for ideas? Here, you will find many offers, selected for their quality and price to reflect the diverse nature of what is available. From cozy mountain chalets to five star luxury hotels, your ski pass and leisure centre access all included. Winter sport resorts
Located in the centre of the Alps, we are the winter destination with an enviable history of caring for our guests. Here, everyone is a treasured celebrity. Our many different resorts offer everything from tranquil car-free mountain villages to high action sport resorts where the party never stops. Winter resort finder
You can choose your final destination by selecting one of the many search criteria's: i.e. kilometers of piste, winter hiking paths and amongst many others. Our country has much to offer; is exciting and full of surprises. Winter is here; it's 'Snowtime'.
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