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Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 06:54PM

The leaders of the U.S. skiing and snowboarding team decided one name is better than three. They are putting all their athletes under one umbrella and renaming their organization “U.S. Ski & Snowboard.” It’s a subtle change designed to streamline a national governing body that has nearly 50,000 members and sends about 100 athletes to the Olympics every four years. The idea is to make clear that all those athletes — Alpine skiers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders — are part of the same team. They will also use a single …

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  • United States bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb poses for photographers during a media tour of the fitness center in the Coastal Cluster athlete’s village at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Steve Holcomb had sleep aid, alcohol in his system at time of death, according to toxicology report
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)      Olympic bobsled medalists Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Messler and Chris Fogt share a laugh as they tell stories of their long time friend and teammate Steve Holcomb as Park City and the Holcomb family and friends hold a memorial to honor the late 37-year-old Park City gold medalist bobsledder who passed away suddenly in Lake Placid last month. The remembrance was held in the summer pavilion at Utah Olympic Park Park City Saturday June 10, 2017. Tomasevicz and Messler won Olympic Gold with Holcomb in 2010 and Fogt won a bronze medal with Holcomb in 2014. Family, friends gather in Park City to say goodbye to Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    John-Henry Krueger celebrates his victory in the 1,000 short-track finals event at the final day of the 2017 U.S. Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah Sunday January 8, 2017. John-Henry Krueger won the event. Long-track championships returning to Olympic Oval in 2020
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    Updated Jun 08 2017 09:45 pm   |     |   Share



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  • FILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, United States’ Lindsey Vonn skis during a training run for a women’s World Cup downhill ski race in Aspen, Colo. In the twilight of her career, Vonn still has a list of high-priority goals to accomplish before stepping away from skiing (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File) Winter sports: Skier Lindsey Vonn, 32, still has a mountain of goals
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