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Jimmy Morning lights up Village Championships

February 11, 2011

As Village Championship races go, last Tuesday’s race seemed to be as normal as normal can be, aside from various off-the-wall costumes.

And then Jimmy Morning appeared.

One of Mammoth’s iconic skiers and coaches, Morning was injured in a Super G crash two weeks earlier, earning him a hospital stay and a couple of weeks in bed.

Morning didn’t race in Tuesday’s dual Giant Slalom on Fascination, but his appearance made the beautiful racing conditions and bright sunshine even more radiant, and warmed up the Happy Hour party at Rafters.

One of our own to play in Super Bowl. Sort of. Plus, she's a she

February 5, 2011

Melissa Margulies is going to the Super Bowl. Not to watch, but to play.

She’s a rookie star on the Los Angeles Temptation football team.

L.A. plays the Philadelphia Passion during half time. The teams are part of the Lingerie Football League.

Margulies, who grew up in Mammoth and ran track at MHS, as well as USC, always wanted to play pro baseball. She’s not far off, as both safety and running back for the Temptation.

Mammoth's Kaya Turski wins silver in FIS Freestyle World Championships

February 4, 2011

Kaya Turski won the silver medal Thursday in slopestyle at the FIS freestyle skiing world championships in Utah.

Turski scored 41.70 points in the final as she navigated the obstacle course of rails, jumps and other features. Athletes are judged on their tricks in the terrain park.

“I’m very happy, I landed my run and I skied how I wanted to ski,” Turski, the X Games gold medallist, said in a news release.

Run of the Week - Whoosh! Find your way to Patrolmen’s, step on the gas and fly

February 4, 2011

There’s this thing about Patrolmen’s.

It a little gem of a black diamond groomer run that parallels Chair 2/Stump Alley Express, and it’s so tucked away that not many skiers find it, even on a crowded day.

The reason the cognoscenti like it so much is that they can make of it what they want. Ski it one way, and it’s more of an advanced intermediate than black.

Ski it another way and there’s freestyle and tree skiing to be had.

But the real pull on Patrolmen’s is that a skier can generate some ungodly speed as the run bends its way onto a wide approach to Chair 2.

Husky basketball twins carry team on their backs

February 4, 2011

You can’t exactly call them the Twin Towers, because they’re hardly ever on the basketball court at the same time.

But Mammoth Huskies Alejandro and Francisco (“Cisco”) Flores are most definitely identical twins, so much so that coach Jason Patterson has needed to devise a few tricks for telling them apart.

“They wear different colored shoes,” Patterson said, “so that’s how I can tell them apart most of the time.
“And they wear their hair slightly differently.”

A first time visitor to a Husky practice wouldn’t know, though.

Brown, Urdi plan big-time running camp

February 4, 2011

It’s early in the game, but it’s likely that Mammoth will host a 10-day running camp this summer.

And if it goes ahead, it won’t be like any other running camp anywhere.

“I want it to be more than just going to a fat farm, said Visit Mammoth’s John Urdi.

“They should be coming here and enjoying the hiking we have, the cycling, maybe even fishing.

“Maybe on one of the days the runners would go into Yosemite and maybe do some running in the Valley.
“There’s lots of possibilities.”

The tentative – very tentative – name for the camp is a “Fit-cation,” he said.

Mammoth athletes ‘crush it’ at weekend X-Games, half-marathon championships

February 4, 2011

Mammoth’s athletes took to the Colorado mountains and the Texas marathon courses last weekend, and the results can be summarized in two words.

“Crushed it,” said Mammoth Recreation Manager Stuart Brown.

Johnny Teller (ski cross) and Kaya Turski (ski slopestyle) took gold medals at the Winter X-Games in Aspen, while Tyler Flanagan took home a bronze in snowboard slopestyle.

Meanwhile, in Houston, the Mammoth Track Club’s Jen Rhines won the U.S. Half Marathon Championships, establishing her personal best.

On the men’s side, Patrick Smyth of the Mammoth Track Club placed third.

Jen Rhines wins half-marathon in Houston, Patrick Smyth third

January 31, 2011

The Mammoth Track Club just keeps clicking along.

Jennifer Rhines won the the U.S. half-marathon championship Saturday in Houston, finishing with a personal-best 1 hour, 11 minutes, 14 seconds.

"You always have to be happy when you run a PR [personal record]," Rhines said. "You never know when you're going to have ups and downs. I'm just going to enjoy this today."

Meanwhile, Patrick Smyth, also representing the Mammoth Track Club, finished third in the men’s division, behind former Mammoth Track Club member Ryan Hall.

Run of the Week: Climax

January 28, 2011

On Mammoth Mountain, where great skiing at all levels is bountiful, only a few can be classified as iconic.

The runs might include Broadway, or Dave’s Run, or St. Anton.

Perhaps the most iconic run, though, is Climax, the aptly named bowl just to skier’s left of the Upper Gondola at 11,053 feet.

It is a wide-open double-black, although by the time spring comes and the bowl is filled in, a skier could probably move that rating back to a single black diamond.

Getting there is easy.

June Mountain Ski Parol stages second annual disaster rescue clinic

January 28, 2011

“It’s been a long time since Mono County has seen a catastrophic event,” said Eric Diem, director of the June Mountain Ski Patrol.

Diem staged the second annual avalanche rescue training on Thursday, Jan. 20 for the June Lake and Lee Vining volunteer fire departments.

Following last year’s successful clinic, Diem put together a manual with guidelines for some of the larger agencies that don’t deal with snow crises on a regular basis.

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