America ski duo die in Austria

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Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has announced that two members of its development team were killed in an avalanche in Austria on Monday.

Ronnie Berlack, who was 20, and 19-year-old Bryce Astle were among a group of six freeskiing at the Austrian resort of Solden before the avalanche struck. Their four companions managed to ski to safety.

Berlack, previously a student-athlete at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy, was named in the US Ski Team’s development team after impressing with two top-20 finishes at the 2013 US Alpine Championships.

Teenager Astle was invited to train with the US development team this season, while he had posted strong early-season results.

USSA president and CEO Tiger Shaw announced on ussa.org: “Ronnie and Bryce were both outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport – both on the race course and skiing the mountain.

“Our hearts go out to the Berlack and Astle families, as well as to their extended sport family.

“Both of them loved what they did and conveyed that to those around them.”

Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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