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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.

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Best in the world — believe it

Three weeks ago, in Sochi, Russia, Bode Miller, America’s best male Alpine skier, smashed his left knee coming off one of the jumps on what will be the Olympic course at the 2014 Winter Games.

He tried to ski through the pain the next weekend at the World Cup stop in Bansko, Bulgaria. But it wasn’t good. So Miller flew back to the United States, to have the knee scoped at a clinic in Vail, Colo.