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Boardercross to become Olympic event

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U.S. Snowboarding, the snowboard arm of the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, is making preparations for the addition of a third snowboard event on the Olympic program. The International Olympic Committee recently formally announced the addition of snowboardcross (SBX) on the Olympic program in Torino, Italy in 2006.”Snowboarding is an American sport and this will be another great opportunity for U.S. athletes to win Olympic medals,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley.”Like other national associations, we have only just received the news this month but we will now look at strategies intended to select and field the best team of U.S. athletes possible for Torino.”Snowboardcross, more commonly known as boardercross or SBX, takes place on a slope resembling a terrain park. The course consists of multiple features including single, double or triple jumps, rollers, banked turns, gates, spines, tabletops, and more. Riders take a single run through the course to qualify to compete in the finals heats. Finals heats are generally comprised of 32-48 men and 16-24 women, depending on the field size.Spillane makes nordic historyJohnny Spillane won the first nordic gold medal for the United States in Olympic or World Championships history Friday, Feb. 28, by surprising the lead pack and out-sprinting everyone over the last 250 meters to win the World Championships nordic combined sprint at Lago di Tesero. Ronny Ackermann of Germany was second, Felix Gottwald of Austria third.Miller gains ground in title huntBode Miller survived an open boot buckle March 2 for only his second top-10 slalom of the World Cup season, finishing sixth to cut Austrian Stephan Eberharter’s overall World Cup lead to just 93 points, nearly halving the margin coming into the Korean race weekend. Six races remain and two are slaloms, which Eberharter normally doesn’t race.Miller said he somehow smacked one of his ski boots with a pole during his second run, opening a buckle and forcing him to ski carefully – pushing it where he could but being careful not to go out. “I’m glad to have made it,” Miller said.”It was another brutal fight,” he added.The finish gave Miller a strong weekend, moving from 185 points back of Eberharter, who does not ski slalom except in rare instances, to just 93. Miller had been fourth after the first run Sunday, with Erik Schlopy eighth.– Vail Trail staff reports

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