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U.S. Grand Prix back at Bachelor

The top snowboarders in the country will once again showcase their skills in Central Oregon.

Mount Bachelor was selected Tuesday as the second stop for this season’s U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, according to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).

The Grand Prix is a three-stop pro tour that includes the best riders in halfpipe and slopestyle.

The event, originally scheduled for Mountain Creek Resort in New Jersey, is slated for Feb. 3-4. The venue was changed because of a lack of snow in the Northeast, according to the USSA.

This marks the 10th time that a U.S. Snowboarding event has been hosted by Mt. Bachelor. Last January, the top halfpipe snowboarders in the country competed in a Grand Prix at Bachelor as they vied for spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

 — Excerpt from the Bend Bulletin, January 10, 2007

Running notebook Eugene Marathon to honor city’s past

With all that has gone on in recent years to reinforce Eugene’s reputation as a runner’s sanctuary, Richard Maher figures there is no better time than now to bring back a marathon event to the city.

Maher, the race director of the first Eugene Marathon, said momentum for the April 29 race is picking up steam.

The marketing for this year’s race centers around the line “Running in the footsteps of legends” — an homage to the University of Oregon’s tradition of great runners, three Olympic Trials marathons (1972, 1976 and 1980) held in Eugene and the city’s long history as a running hub. 

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, January 8, 2007

Cyclists seek all-weather velodrome

Three members of the burgeoning Portland bicycle racing scene have launched an effort to build an indoor track racing facility.

They plan to gather $1,000 pledges from 100 people, then solicit the city, businesses and others for support to replace the aging Alpenrose Velodrome in Southwest Portland.

The 39-year-old outdoor facility at Alpenrose Dairy, which requires patches of paint and cement multiple times a year, literally is crumbling and probably won’t last beyond another decade, the trio said. They also fear that the dairy could someday be sold to developers, leaving them without a venue.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, December 11, 2006

Penguins to consider move; Portland on list

The Pittsburgh Penguins are off the market, and owner Mario Lemieux says the team will look at relocating while it attempts to reach a deal for a new arena.

Portland is among the potential destinations.

“It is time to take control of our own destiny,” Hall of Famer Lemieux said in a statement issued by his team Thursday.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, December 22, 2006

Gearing up for a flurry of big-time events

Snowboard wunderkind Shaun White might not be competing in Oregon this winter. But the future Shaun Whites of the world will have ample opportunities to test their shredding, spinning and speed skills at events for juniors and amateurs across the state.

Two premier events were held in Oregon last winter: a U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix stop at Mt. Bachelor ski area and the first U.S. Snowboarding Snowboardcross championships at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Not this season. The closest the Grand Prix will come to Oregon is east of the border at Tamarack Resort in central Idaho on Feb. 24-25. Tamarack Resort also is where the national snowboardcross champion will be determined.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, December 21, 2006

Having a swell time in Oregon

Sunrise. Friday. On the corner of Southwest 11th Drive and Southwest Coast Avenue.It looks like a small-scale military invasion is getting ready to launch.

Jet Skis are being unloaded from trailers onto rollers and moved toward the Pacific Ocean by groups of men snapped head-to-toe into black wet suits. They’re all running in tight, compact strides. Equipment is checked and rechecked. Someone’s having a problem with a battery. Everyone’s in a hurry.

To the east, a band of pink sky has stretched out along the coast range. To the west, there’s the entirety of the ocean, and it’s crashing loudly on itself.

The surf was up, which is why everyone was here.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, December 9, 2006

Newton’s Third Law tested – The Oregonian

The Dew Action Sports Tour returns to Portland today in the second year of a two-year contract. The tour stop, known as the Vans Invitational, attracted more than 50,000 spectators over the tour’s four-day festival last year to watch highflying gymnastics moves on bikes, motorcycles and skateboards.

Drew Mahalic’s Response to Mayor Potter’s Comments on Major League Baseball

Yesterday was without question a landmark day in Portland’s quest to land a Major League Baseball franchise. We had a very productive set of introductory meetings with the Governor, Mayor, and many others who want to see Major League Baseball in Portland become a reality. Going into the day, we candidly did not know just how serious the Marlins were about relocation. After having the opportunity to meet with them, I have come away with the very strong impression that not only is their interest in relocation absolutely genuine, but that the opportunity presented for Portland is in fact, very real.

eUpdate – The Summer of Action Sports

The world’s best action sports athletes will display their brilliance in Oregon this summer and you’re invited to the party. The Dew Action Sports Tour Vans Invitational brings world-class skate, BMX and freestyle motocross competitions, plus live concerts and an interactive festival village to the Rose Quarter on August 18-21.

eUpdate – NCAA Tournament, Sports Event Symposium, UP Soccer vs. Mexico & Rose Festival Duathlon

The Oregon Sports Authority unveiled this week an innovative new plan that will enable Oregon to host the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and pour millions of dollars into our state’s economy. Through the elimination of the Sports Action lottery game and subsequent replacement of critical funds to the state’s universities, Oregon can remove the only barrier currently preventing the NCAA Tournament, and a substantial influx of new tourism dollars, from coming into our state.

eUpdate – The Future of Oregon Sports

Welcome to the all-new Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate ? a fresh look into the future landscape of Oregon sports. Bolstered by a remarkable 2003, in which the campaign for an Oregon Major League Baseball franchise surged forward and Portland served as a stellar host for six exhilarating matches of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Oregon Sports Authority is working diligently across the state to achieve similar success in 2004 and beyond.