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South Shore represented at Winter X Games

Tribune Staff Report

The 1998 Winter X Games will be extra special for five South Shore residents in 1998.

ESPN has announced that Tom Davis, Mike Dill, Cameron Boyle, Kristie Elder and Ryan Williams will represent South Lake Tahoe at the annual “extreme” competition, scheduled for Jan. 15-18 in Crested Butte, Colo.

Davis, a free skier, most recently placed third in the 1996 Squaw Valley Extreme Championships. The 26-year-old South Tahoe High graduate has been competing since 1983. Known for his trick backflips, Davis also enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing and travel. Thirty skiers will compete in the free-skiing event.

Dill, a 33-year-old native of Detroit, has been skiing sine 1970. The University of Nevada graduate most recently placed first in the 1997 Lord of the Boards competition. He’ll compete in the skier X competition.

Boyle, a former professional mogul skier, will also compete in the skier X competition. The 32-year-old native of Somers, N.Y., enjoys dirt and mountain bike racing and will be skiing competitively for the first time since 1996.

Elder will compete in the snowboard halfpipe competition. It’s her second trip to the X Games and she hopes this season will be successful.

Williams, a native of Milwaukee, will compete in the snowboarding competitions. In the 1997 X, the 22-year-old took fourth in the big air event. He’s been competing since 1991 and enjoys reading, kayaking and golf.

Other Lake Tahoe area competitors include: Roberta Lew of Truckee, speed and difficulty ice climbing; Jeff McKitterick, Olympic Valley, skier x (free skiing); Jim Morgan, Tahoe City, skier x (free skiing); Aaron McGovern, Tahoe City, skier x (free skiing); Joel Mahaffey, Incline Village, big air; Nate Mott, Truckee, big air; and Tayt Tindal, Olympic Valley, skiboarding.

The Winter X Games, created and organized by ESPN, will feature more than 17 hours of original programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International, including extensive live coverage. More than 200 athletes will compete in 19 events for medals and more than $200,000 in prize money.


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