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Bill Marolt pivots to Tiger Shaw

When Bill Marolt took over 17 years ago as president and chief executive officer of what is now called the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Assn., he proclaimed its goal was to be the “best in the world.”

For sure, the United States had produced great skiers: Andrea Mead-Lawrence, Billy Kidd, the Mahre brothers, generations of the Cochran family, Bill Johnson, Tommy Moe, Picabo Street, the cross-country racer Billy Koch. Absolutely, unequivocally, the American union was blessed with mountains east and west, even north in Alaska.

Your 2013 world champion bronze medalist Nordic combined team from the United States: Taylor Fletcher, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher, all sporting American flag mustaches // photo courtesy Sarah Brunson and U.S. Ski TEam

Your 2013 world champion bronze medalist Nordic combined team from the United States: Taylor Fletcher, Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick and Bryan Fletcher, all sporting American flag mustaches // photo courtesy Sarah Brunson and U.S. Ski TEam

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Mustache party: historic bronze for U.S. Nordic combined team

Anchored by Billy Demong, the fan favorite from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the U.S. Nordic combined team raced Sunday to a history-making bronze in the relay at the 2013 world championships at Predazzo, Italy.

The third-place finish made for the first-ever U.S. team world championships medal in Nordic combined. The best prior world championships result? Fourth, in 1995.

U.S. coaches Matt Whitcomb, Erik Flora, Chris Grover after the first-ever American cross-country ski gold // photo courtesy Sarah Brunson and U.S. Ski Team

U.S. coaches Matt Whitcomb, Erik Flora, Chris Grover after the first-ever American cross-country ski gold // photo courtesy Sarah Brunson and U.S. Ski Team

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U.S. wins first-ever cross-country ski gold

Kikkan Randall and Jesse Diggins, racing Sunday with quiet confidence, won the team sprint at the 2013 world championships in Val de Fiemme, Italy, the first-ever gold medal for the United States in cross-country skiing.

Again, and for emphasis — the first-ever American world championships gold in cross-country skiing.