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February 12, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Competitors and officials tried desperately yesterday to clean up the aura of punk, anti-social behavior that wafted over snowboarding after a champion was disqualified for testing positive for marijuana and another rider was banished for wild partying. Making its Olympic debut in Nagano, snowboarding did all the right things as it impressed thousands of spectators with high-speed racing and acrobatic displays of freestyle jumps. But years of preparation and hard work came crashing down early yesterday when the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
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January 17, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Americans Seth Westcott and Lindsey Jacobellis won their first cross titles in the snowboarding world championships yesterday in Whistler, British Columbia. Westcott finished ahead of Francois Boivin, a last-minute replacement on the Canadian team. American Jayson Hale was third. In the women's event, Jacobellis beat Karine Ruby of France. Maelle Ricker of Canada was third. The cross race includes a challenging obstacle course. Alois Vogl became the first German man to claim a World Cup slalom victory in 14 years, winning on the circuit's toughest course in Wengen, Switzerland, in a combined time of 1 minute, 35.38 seconds.
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January 25, 1998 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What are all those teenagers, the ones with the bleached hair and pierced body parts, the ones with the baggy clothes and loud voices, what are they doing on your father's ski slopes? They're riding the frozen wave, that's what. They're surfing on the snow, both feet on one board, getting tanned and toned in the winter sun, slip-sliding down the mountain or tumbling and twisting through the air, doing tricks, trying to figure out something crazier, more daring, more radical to do. They're proud.
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February 6, 1998 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The snow monkeys chatter and seem to point as the snowboarders bound off the bus, all tie-dyed hair and purple pants. A monk at this town's biggest monument, Zenkoji Temple, has done more TV interviews than Ken Starr, because, of all things, he went to the University of Michigan and is still celebrating the Rose Bowl. Yes, it might be a good thing that these Olympics are finally getting started. Tomorrow (Friday night in Philadelphia), a 516-pound sumo wrestler wearing a loincloth will be part of the opening ceremony of the 18th Winter Olympics.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1990 | By Dorothy Brown, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imagine this: Coming up over a rise on a steep, snowy trail at your favorite ski resort is this grinning teenager, both feet strapped sideways to a Day-Glo skateboard, only it doesn't have wheels. He zigzags down the mountain, pivoting on his front foot and swinging his back foot back and forth behind him in an easy, swaying motion. With a wake of snow spraying behind him, he could be surfing, too. But the new sport that is making waves nearly everywhere in the Poconos this winter is none of the above.
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January 24, 1994 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the nation's ski slopes, surf's up. Since the early 1980s, youngsters have been roaring down mountains with both feet strapped onto a board not much wider than this newspaper page. They look like they're surfing. They look like they're skateboarding. They're snowboarding. Some are surfers and skateboarders. Now, snowboards let them do the same kind of stunts on the slopes, more than they ever could on skis. Maybe they've taken to snowboarding because some youngsters need to make statements, in language and clothes and pastimes.
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January 17, 1993 | By Michael Bamberger, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"This your first time snowboarding?" Steve Cameron, a 19-year-old snowboarding instructor at Doe Mountain, asked his pupil. The pupil shook his head north and south. "Could be tough," said the teacher, a robust and cheerful youth with an earring in his nose and a ponytail down his neck. "First time I went, I broke my wrist. " This was on Wednesday afternoon. Rain and hail were teeming from the skies. The slopes were covered with slushy snow. Cameron called the conditions beautiful.
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February 12, 1998 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was as if a 1960s protest in Haight-Ashbury had broken out during the Olympic men's and women's snowboarding halfpipe at Mt. Kanbayashi yesterday. Instead of "Free Love, Free Speech, Free Drugs," though, the Canadian snowboarders held up a banner painted on a bedsheet that said "Ross is the Champion. Give the gold back. " They talked of a boycott and said that if the Olympics didn't want snowboarders in all of their coolness, well, then, why were they here? All this because Ross Rebagliati, a 26-year-old Canadian with a windburned face, blond hair and an affinity for saying "Whatever," was stripped of his gold medal in the snowboarding giant slalom yesterday because his postrace drug test was positive for marijuana.
NEWS
February 14, 1995 | BY DAVE BARRY
When you're 47 years old, you sometimes hear a small voice inside you that says: "Just because you've reached middle age, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take on new challenges and seek new adventures. You get only one ride on this crazy carousel we call life, and by golly you should make the most of it!" This is the voice of Satan. I know this because recently, on a mountain in Idaho, I listened to this voice, and as a result my body feels as though it has been used as a trampoline by the Budweiser Clydesdales.
NEWS
February 9, 1998 | By Tamara Audi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The good guy, pursued by Russians on skis with machine guns, lucks out when a nearby snowmobile explodes and its bottom plank lands within his reach. An idea hits him: He straps the broad board to his feet and takes off, surfing the snow and gliding past the bad guys. Voila. The birth of the board. Well, that's not exactly how Haddonfield native Tom Sims says he invented the snowboard - even though that was him playing the snowboarding stunt double for Roger Moore in the 1984 James Bond release A View to a Kill.
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February 15, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not easy belonging to a snowboarding club at a snowless, landlocked urban university - with no hills to speak of. So Temple students brought the mountain to their campus. Armed with a dozen shovels, two cases of Monster energy drinks, and a 40-foot U-Haul, the students trucked 10 tons of snow from the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest skating arena at Penn's Landing onto the heart of their flat North Philadelphia school. They shoveled the shavings in and they shoveled the shavings out. Three times in all. It took more than eight hours - almost an all-nighter.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Evidently, it's not enough for some people to just ski or snowboard down a slick mountain. Some want to remix music while they're at it. That thrill-seeker niche has propelled into entrepreneurship three creative twentysomethings who met in a graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania who are trying to bring to market a technological device named for and sized like a hot pepper. JalapeƱo Beat Maker began as a class project in spring 2012 and has since monopolized the lives of John Hunchar, 26; Ben Harmer, 25; and Kenneth Liew, 25, who graduated in May with master's degrees from Penn's Integrated Product Design program.
SPORTS
February 2, 2013
Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White overcame a first-run fall to win gold and lead an American sweep at the U.S. Grand Prix snowboard championships in Park City, Utah. White laid down a perfect second run to score 97.25 points. Scott Lago took second with 94.50 and Luke Mitrani third with 91.75. Kikkan Randall of the United States won the women's 1.4-kilometer cross-country World Cup race at the Sochi Olympic course in Russia to claim her fourth victory of the season.
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October 15, 2012 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shaun White's cab was navigating the narrow streets of South Philadelphia on Friday night when the driver pointed out that Geno's Steaks was just ahead. "Where is it? I can't see it," White joked about the brightly lit steak shop. This was the snowboarder's first trip to Philadelphia - or at least he was pretty sure it was. After his flight from California, White couldn't decide between Pat's or Geno's, so he chose both. White, who has emerged as the face of extreme sports over the last decade, has won a pair of Olympic gold medals and is one of the world's elite in both snowboarding and skateboarding.
SPORTS
September 19, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Snowboarder Shaun White apologized for an outburst at a hotel in Nashville that led police to charge him with vandalism and public intoxication. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, the 26-year-old White was alleged to have pulled a fire alarm while staying at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, causing the evacuation of all guests, and an employee said he saw White destroy a hotel phone, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. "I want to apologize for the unwise choices I made over the weekend and for any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests," White, who is also a professional skateboarder, said in a statement on his Facebook page.
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September 18, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
AUTHORITIES say two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White has been charged with public intoxication and vandalism after an incident at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. According to a police affidavit, White tried to attack a hotel guest who had followed him out of the hotel. When the guest told White he had called the police, the skateboarder "attempted to attack the man and fell and hit his head. " The report says White appeared to be drunk. A separate affidavit states that White deliberately broke a phone belonging to the hotel.
NEWS
January 19, 2012 | BY VINNY VELLA, vellav@phillynews.com215-854-5905
While his classmates were easing back into the college lifestyle after the holiday break, Jason Dolla spent Wednesday night leading the construction of the city's only ski resort. "This took quite a bit of planning," said Dolla, who hopes his hard work will help propel him into the job market this spring. "Talking to people in the [winter sports] industry has really helped me get my name out there. " Dolla, the president of the Temple University Snowboarding Club, organized the annual Bell Tower Rail Jam, held Thursday underneath the chimes it was named for. The competition drew 25 skiers and snowboarders to Temple's campus, some making the trek down from the Pocono Mountains.
SPORTS
February 15, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's in a name? Anyone interested in the answer to the question posed by Shakespeare should ask Lenny Martelli. Lenny would say inspiration. Hope. Motivation. Lenny Martelli is a 16-year-old junior at Pope John Paul II High School who suffered a spinal injury during a snowboarding accident in Schwenksville one year ago today. The injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. The prognosis was that his chances of ever again walking were very slim - but Lenny will walk onto the court with St. Joseph's basketball coach Phil Martelli at Wednesday's game against Xavier at Hagan Arena.
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February 17, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
CYPRESS MOUNTAIN, British Columbia - His name is Matt Emmons. He's the accomplished shooter who, in 2004 at Athens, shot at the wrong target and blew his big lead and lost a chance at an Olympic medal. Then, in 2008 at Beijing, his trigger finger slipped and he blew it again. Her name is Lindsey Jacobellis. She's the face of snowboard cross, the emerging, wildly popular kamikaze race against three other competitors. She's the woman who, in 2006 at Turin, botched a trick in the final, lost the lead and took silver in her sport's inaugural Olympic running.
SPORTS
February 16, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
VANCOUVER - The Flag returned, in dramatic fashion. Defending gold medalist Seth Wescott earned the least desirable gate in the snowboard cross final yesterday. He had to make a correction in his riding form, to put less weight on his front foot. Wescott, famous for being dropped on virgin snows and filmed boarding down treacherous slopes, needed teammate and pal Nate Holland, this year's favorite, to crash. Wescott then had to pass Canadian hopeful Mike Robertson on the last turn.
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