Now and Then
Young and Old Team Up for Gold
Friday, November 18, 1997

Showing that, as far as skiing is concerned, young and "old" can relate, '80/'84 Olympic medalist Steve Mahre and the two-time World Cup downhill champion and 1997 world downhill champ Picabo Street co-captained the gold medal winning team at Saturday‚s 1997 Chevy Truck Return of the Champions.

Steve Mahre Steve Mahre
The Beaver Creek, Colorado, race hosted 56 current and former U.S. Ski Team members, including the entire 1972 alpine Olympic Team. They were then split into eight teams of seven and competed in dual giant slalom competitions. The races included men against women, young against old; it was all about talent and whether these athletes still have it.

Street, of Sun Valley, Idaho, provided support from the sideline as ‚84 silver medalist Mahre, donning his ‚80 Olympic uniform, led the team to the gold. Mahre‚s twin, Phil, who‚s four minutes older, won gold at those ‚84 Olympics in Sarajevo.

Picabo Street Picabo Street

The Mahre/Street team ran away with the gold in a 7-0 sweep in the finals against the second place team captained by 1960 silver medalist Penny Pitou and ‚84 Gold Medalist Debbie Armstrong led her team to a third-place finish.

"I had a super team behind me," the 40-year-old Mahre said. Showing how teamwork paid off, Mahre said of his 25-year-old co-captain, "Picabo got the young ones fired up and I talked to the older ones."

"Yahoo! 7-0," said Street, who skipped the race while recuperating from her December knee surgery. "I'll be staying here to train for a few days, but my focus is on being ready for the Olympics." Street is the U.S. hopeful for gold in the ‚98 Games in Nagano, Japan.

"This was a lot of fun," Alison Powers, of Fraser, CO. said after beating fellow Coloradoan Tiffany Hoversten, of Vail, to complete the final‚s sweep. "It was neat to race against boys. We don‚t usually get to do that."

The Return of the Champs series serves as a warm-up before the opening World Cup races Thursday through Sunday in Park City, Utah.


1. Steve Mahre/Picabo Street, co-captains 2. Mike Makar 3. David Currier 4. Matt Grosjean 5. Bobby Cochran 6. Barbara Ferries-Henderson 7. Alison Powers

1. Penny Pitou, captain 2. Zach Crist 3. Julie Parisien 4. Kirsten Clark 5. AJ Kitt 6. Rick Chaffee 7. Tiffany Hoversten

1. Debbie Armstrong, captain 2. Wisi Betchart 3. Eric Poulsen 4. Chad Fleischer 5. Barbara Cochran 6. Brad Hogan 7. Katie Monahan — Sarah Love, Mountain Zone Staff

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