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Vail Valley: Avon dentist now serving U.S. Ski Team

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

Local dentist to treat U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team

Dr. James Harding is the team’s first “official dental provider”

Dr. James Harding of the Vail Valley Center for Aesthetic Dentistry received a call last week from Richard Quincy, US Ski Team Medical Director, about becoming an official medical provider for the team. Harding quickly accepted.

Harding is now the first official dental provider to the US Ski And Snowboard Team, and will provide services to all A and B Team athletes on the US Alpine, Snowboard, Nordic as well as the US Ski and Snowboard Cross Teams.

Harding had been in informal talks with the executive team at the US Ski and Snowboard Association for a number of years. He was approached again this fall about the position.

Harding is currently working on research to determine if the new field of “performance mouthguards” will help the US Ski Team gain even a 2 percent advantage over the competition.

“You never know if that small advantage could be the difference between a gold and a silver medal this winter in the Olympics for someone like Lindsay Vonn, Ted Ligety or Julia Mancuso,” Harding said. “These world-class athletes compete in a sport where a few hundredths of a second could be the difference between a gold medal and no medal at all!”

Harding, who has worked with many other athletes over the years, said he is excited about his new role with the USSA.

“Professionally, it’s an incredible honor to have earned the trust of the US Ski Team to take care of our nation’s Olympic athletes. The USSA wants to have the best for their athletes and to be considered, let alone chosen as a medical provider, is a wonderful validation.”

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