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Former World Cup champ cut by Steelers

Former World Cup mogul skiing champion Jeremy Bloom was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Bloom, a receiver and kick returner, was drafted in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006. But a hamstring injury hampered his attempt to make the Eagles, and he was cut following training camp.

The 26-year-old Bloom was reportedly trying to make the Steelers as a punt returner. The Steelers cut Bloom loose after playing him very little in the first three preseason games. He carried the ball once for no gain in the first preseason game against Philadelphia. In that same game, Bloom had his only chance in punt formation, but it wasn’t a returnable punt.

Bloom of Loveland, Colo., had a shortened football career at the University of Colorado due to his unwillingness to give up the endorsements that he procured through his skiing career. Still, Bloom scored four touchdowns for Colorado in 2002 and 2003, excelling on punt returns. He had 20 attempts for 336 yards in 2002 and 24 chances for 289 yards in 2003.

He appeared in two Winter Games, placing ninth in moguls at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and sixth in moguls at the 2006 Olympics in Torino. Bloom won World Cup championships in 2003 and 2005.