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by the USSA News Desk

Snowbasin, UT, Aug. 3--U.S. Ski Team downhillers will be able to take advantage of three competition opportunities this winter on the Olympic downhills at Snowbasin. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt announced the schedule, which includes a men's World Cup and two Alpine Super Series events, while speaking to the Ogden Breakfast Club Thursday.

"These are great opportunities for our U.S. athletes," said Marolt. "We hope that these opportunities give our athletes a chance to learn more about the courses they will ski in 2002, and that they will set the stage for a long legacy of events we hope will be held at Snowbasin long after the Olympics are over in 2002."

Snowbasin will welcome a virtual Olympic field Feb. 24-25 with a men's World Cup downhill and super G down the yet-to-be named men's course. It will be the first look for nearly all of the top downhill racers on the Bernhard Russi-designed course considered by some to be one of the most challenging in the world.

U.S. Ski Team racers, though, will get a jump on the world with an international Alpine Super Series event Feb. 9-11. The top U.S. men are expected to return early from the World Alpine Ski Championships inAustria to become the first to test the challenging men's course. The weekend will include a pair of downhills and a super G. The Alpine Super Series is the highest international ski racing series under the World Cup in the United States.

The women will get another pre-Olympic look at their downhill Mar. 16-18 with a pair of downhills and a super G at the Alpine Super Series Finals at Snowbasin.

Paralympians will also get a look at the courses which will comprise their entire event in March of 2002. A disabled Word Cup will bring a full complement of events - downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom - to Snowbasin Feb. 27 - March 4, 2001.

"We're excited and ready to welcome the world's best skiers to Snowbasin this year," said Gray Reynolds, Snowbasin general manager. "Our crews have worked hard all summer to prepare the downhill courses for these pre-Olympic test events. It's time to show the world what Snowbasin, the community of Ogden and Utah has to offer."

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