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SBD/February 14, 2014/Olympics
Trio Of U.S. Skiers Receive Kellogg's Corn Flakes Cover After Slopestyle Sweep
Published February 14, 2014
A DAY TO REMEMBER: In Denver, Jason Blevins writes the U.S. riders "are a tight-knit crew." An American on the podium "is a victory not just for country, but for snowbarding and freeskiing" (DENVER POST, 2/14). In Boston, Scott Thurston writes, "Many slopestyle aficionados will remember Thursday as the greatest day in the history of the sport as the All-America trio put an exclamation point on US dominance in the new X Games events." Kenworthy said, "Our sport is young, cool, and edgy, and we have a following all over" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/15). USA TODAY's Lindsay Jones notes many of the other U.S. skiers and snowboarders "crowded the finish area to watch Team USA's first sweep of this Games" (USA TODAY, 2/14). In L.A., Bill Plaschke notes this was "only the third time the U.S. has swept the podium in the Winter Olympics, but the first time it was done by three bros." Christensen said, "We're just a bunch of friends trying to have fun." Plaschke writes slopestyle is "a breathtaking event that looks like snowboarding with the volume pumped" (L.A. TIMES, 2/14). In N.Y., Mary Pilon writes slopestyle is a "judged sport that is essentially Cirque du Soleil on snow, and the athlete lexicon is heavy on words like 'dude' and 'awesome'" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/14). The GUARDIAN's Owen Gibson writes slopestyle "celebrated a mutual love-in with the sometimes staid five-ringed circus." A process that began "with the introduction of snowboarding in Nagano and has accelerated since, culminated at Sochi's Extreme Park with a press conference that was pure Walt Disney" (GUARDIAN, 2/14).
REEXAMINING THE RULES: The IOC on Thusday said that it "will re-examine its restrictions on logos worn and flashed by competitors ... as the rides of most Sochi snowboarders flaunt stated limits on the allowable size of manufacturer names" (NBCNEWS.com, 2/13).