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  • Two U.S. skiers killed in Austria avalanche

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal3 mths ago

    Two prospective members of the U.S. Ski Team were killed Monday during a training run in Austriawhen they were unable to evade an avalanche.

    Ronnie Berlack, 20, from New Hampshire, and Bryce Astle, 19, from Utah, were among a group of six skiers training near the Rettenbach glacier in preparation for the start of the World Cup season. The skiers apparently left the prepared slope, which incited the avalanche. The other four skiers were able to ski out of the slide and were not hurt. 

    The area had been on avalanche alert because of the treacherous combination of mild temperatures and heavy snowfall.

    "Ronnie and Bryce were both outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport, both on the race course and skiing the mountain," U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the Berlack and Astle families, as well as to their extended sport family. Both of them loved what they did and conveyed that to those around them."

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