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The next generation of U.S. Winter Olympians will take center stage in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday and Thursday for the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials. With automatic berths to Vancouver, British Columbia, on the line, our country’s best moguls, aerials and Nordic combined skiers will look to replicate what Ryan St. Onge, pictured above, did on the slopes of Howelsen Hill just four years ago: celebrate the realization of their athletic dreams.

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Olympic Trials offer athletes a chance at their dreams: an Olympic berth

On Wednesday and Thursday in Steamboat Springs, athletes on the U.S. Freestyle and U.S. Nordic Combined ski teams will look to replicate what moguls skier Travis Mayer and U.S. Freestyle team aerialist Ryan St. Onge have done in previous Olympic Trials. “The Olympic Trials is one of the most important events of the year for us,” St. Onge said. “Usually we have to spend all the Olympic preparation period competing to gain spots on the team. But if you win the Olympic Trials and get that spot early, you can focus all your attention on the Olympic Games.”

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