Snowboarders Embrace, Not Shun, Olympics

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Snowboarders Embrace, Not Shun, Olympics

Postby GraysOnTrays » Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:09 pm

[What a change from 1998]

Boarders finally find Olympic zeal
By Mark Sappenfield
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

What began in Nagano in 1998 with an event that was boycotted, criticized, and generally dismissed by riders as disastrous has now become the one can't-miss event on the halfpipe calendar. That's largely due to the American men's medal sweep in 2002. In one perfect Utah day, it set both the sport and - to a lesser degree - the winter Games on a new path, lending the Olympics the suburban chic it desperately sought and giving snowboarding an act on sport's greatest global stage.

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