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White Pass snow twins climbed every mountain BjrSAMBEHOWlTZ Chronicle Correfpoodwt WHITE PASS -There are many mountains between White Pass, Wash., and Innsbruck, Austria Phil and Steve MaKre, have tmersed most of them. * The Mahres, White Piss's twin skiing wizards, will be at the starting gates in the slalom and guat slalom at the Winter Olympic Games in February. - The l!-jear-«ld twins will comprise half of the United States male slalom and giant slalom entries. Greg Jooes, rated seventh in the world in the giant slalom, and Geoff Bruce, ranked eighth in the slalom, are given tbe best chance for an American medal. * However, Steve and Phil have come from fir back in the starting order to score impressive finishes against tie world's best ia competitions this winter. Steve and PhD left for Europe on New Year's day to prepare for Olympit competilioo on the Innsbruck slopes. Steve's »nd Phfl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Mjhre, are managers of the White Pass ski slopes. The Mahres ha*ve nine children ranging in age from three to 25. Daughter Jackie, 20, and son Paul, 14, also ski competitively. The parents and six of the children left Saturday for Innsbruck. They will be on hand for the entire two weeks of the Winter Olympics. Four friends and relatives are traveling »ith the Mahres,-so the twins from ball way around the world till have their own fan club. Mrs. Mahre told The Chronicle before she left to join her sons at the Olympics, "I'm thrilled that they were selected, and if they end up in the top ten, I will be jubilant" The twins were selected for the team on tbe basis of their over-all performance since results of any one race can vary widely. The twins did very well in the final pre-Olympic tune-up at Zwiesel, West Germany, Tuesday, competing against most oEthe men they will face at InnsbrucF. b slalom and giant slalom races, starting order is often decisive. As more skiers use the course, it deteriorates and a racer who has not been blessed with bib number 15.or better rarely has been able to place near the top. The Mahres have been placing high even though starting far back in the field.* The most accomplished skiers usna!!/ get first crack at the course. At Innsbruck, each competing country wfll get a share of the top starting spots. This should give the U.S. a better shot at the top-rated Swiss, Italian and Austrian teams. Mrs. Mahre did not know, whether the top VS. starting spots would go to her sons or to Jijaes or Bruce. She explains that visiting Europe as a ski competitor is not like a tourist. She muses, *Trom their letters, it seems they often drive all night from one ski area to another andspendtheentiredayat the ski are a." Steve and Phil did write home about a friendly village in Switzerland ahicb cleared the ice of all local skaters so the Swedish and American ski teams could i friendly game of ice-hockey. Swedes won by oaly one goal, which surprised Mrs. Mahre. David Mahre has been mountain manager of the White Pass Ski for 13 years. The first four years, he drove 100 miles each day to work and back from Yakima. the last nine years, the Mahres bave lived OB the pass. The twins began dreaming of being in the Olympics at age when they 'were winning almost every race they entered. St eve joined the U 5. team World Cipcircuit in January, J PhD missed a year and a half skiing wben he broke his leg avalanche. He broke it again non-skiing accident less than a year later. He has come back a m aring strength this se ason. In the men's slalom and giant slalom competition, look for Italians Gustavo Thoeni and Gros, and Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark to set the pace. But of one corner, keep tabs on Mahres from White Pass, Wash. They are on their way to the

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  1. The Daily Chronicle,
  2. 29 Jan 1976, Thu,
  3. Page 9

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