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Who needs snow to start realizing the Olympic dream?

As the wind ushered the fall’s first winter-like storm into the Sierra on Monday, visions of skiing down Gunbarrel or snowboarding in the backcountry replaced dreams of a Bay Bridge World Series.

Some winter enthusiasts aren’t waiting for the white stuff, though.

With the 2002 Olympic Games a mere 16 months away, some area Olympic hopefuls are going the extra miles to enhance their chances of qualifying.

Bump skier Travis Cabral, 17, spent last week in Park City, Utah – site of the Olympic freestyle skiing venue – perfecting his jumps. Of course, there wasn’t any snow to jump on, but Cabral had the unique opportunity to train on water ramps.

“I don’t have too many new jumps, but I’m perfecting my old ones … my quads, trying to get ready for the season,” Cabral said.

For many of the bump skiers, the Olympics begin in December with the U.S. Selection events in Snowbird, Utah. By impressing U.S. coaches early, rising mogul skiers like Cabral, Travis Ramos and Chris Hernandez can vault themselves into a coveted full World Cup slot.

“It’s coming down to the wire. It’s so scary that it’s only (16) months away. It’s coming up here quick, so you have to get ready,” Hernandez said.

Cabral also used his trip to the Olympic venue to familiarize himself with what he hopes are his digs in 2002.

“I was getting tuned to where the Olympics are going to be, looking around, making some contacts and trying to do as many things I can leading up to the Olympics in case I make it,” Cabral said.

Jonny back with U.S. team

Defending Olympic men’s moguls winner Jonny Moseley is back with the U.S. Freestyle Team, according to Cabral. Moseley, who pursued his own extreme interests the past two years, apparently will resume a full World Cup schedule this winter.

“I really haven’t had a chance to talk to him,” Cabral said. “We don’t know if Jonny is going all the way to Salt Lake City, but he’s back on the team. He’s going ahead and doing World Cups.”

Moseley should discover that the competition has risen a few notches since his last World Cup. But he already knows this because Cabral buried Moseley and the rest of the American team at the 1999 nationals.

Cabral also isn’t worried about Moseley taking up one of the four American Olympic spots.

“I’m pretty sure the gold medalist gets his own spot,” he said.

Colts avoid snake bite

Wooster second-year football coach Tony Amantia realized how fortunate he was to escape South Tahoe High with a 21-20 Sierra Division victory on Saturday.

A third-down touchdown with 54 seconds to go and an interception stopped a Viking threat with :15 remaining.

While rounding up the players for the bus trip home, a Wooster assistant said, “Let’s get out of this snake pit.”

Moments later, Amantia was asked how he felt about the teams possibly meeting again in the postseason.

“I hope we never see them again,” he said.

WHS should remember the Longhorns

If Larry Reilly has the time to show his football team a motivational movie this week before their key Nevada 2A football game at Battle Mountain, he may want to put off a visit to Wallace Theatre for “Remember the Titans” and thumb through the film archives for the 1998 Battle Mountain-Whittell game.

Whittell’s talented crop of seniors were sophomores then and the Longhorns came into Zephyr Cove and embarrassed the Warriors, 44-6.

The Warriors have a chance to return the favor Friday when they travel to Battle Mountain.

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