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Ski cross primed for spotlight

Performing on winter sports’ biggest stage — the 2010 VancouverOlympics — is essential to helping ski cross grow and develop, one ofthe sport’s pioneers said.

Performing on winter sports’ biggest stage — the 2010 Vancouver Olympics — is essential to helping ski cross grow and develop, one of the sport’s pioneers said.

Stanley Hayer said the Games will show ski cross is not a dangerous sport.

“If we can get enough people here to watch it and enough coverage on TV, so people realize ... that it’s not every race somebody breaks their leg and it’s safe and it’s smart ... it could be huge.”

Chris Del Bosco, the Canadian who finished second in last year’s World Cup points standings, said a successful Olympics could bring a sport that has lived on the fringe into the mainstream.

“We’ve been trying for years to get it on the international radar,” Del Bosco said during a news conference at Cypress Mountain to announce Westminster Savings as a Canadian team sponsor.

“This is how you do it. Now it’s our time to shine. People that see it, love it.

“As long as we can showcase it, we can grow the sport.”

 
 
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