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Stenmark to race in exhibition at Are

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Originally Posted by Richr View Post
If Volkl doesn't send Phil Mahre to race in this event, they're out of their minds. What a publicity coup.
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
If Volkl doesn't send Phil Mahre to race in this event, they're out of their minds. What a publicity coup.
My money's on Phil. He's back in racing, while Stenmark? Well, I know he was lounging on a beach in Thailand when the tsunami hit.
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K2 should sponsor the Mahre Bros.
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If Volkl doesn't send Phil Mahre to race in this event, they're out of their minds. What a publicity coup.
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Originally Posted by fischermh View Post
K2 should sponsor the Mahre Bros.
YES - THEY SHOULD!

But they didn't. When Phil announced earlier this summer that he was going to try to qualify for the US Nationals next March as a 50th birthday goal, K2 chose NOT to sponsor him. :

Volkl stepped up and good on them.

That's all even more reason that I hope Phil races Stenmark and it gets worldwide attention in the ski business.

It'd serve K2 right. The Mahre boys almost single(double?)handedly kept that company afloat twenty years ago.
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Bob,
I thought you were joking when you said Volkl. For K2 NOT to sponsor them is rediculous. I thought they were back with K2. I know Steve's son Andy is with them. What is K2 thinking? they let Plake go and not resign Phil???? I was always a fan of Stemark though, at least he is back with Elan (after a short stint helping Salomon). It it wasn't for Stenmark and Mahre, there would be no Elan and K2, they put them on the map.
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Bob,
I thought you were joking when you said Volkl. For K2 NOT to sponsor them is rediculous. I thought they were back with K2. I know Steve's son Andy is with them. What is K2 thinking? they let Plake go and not resign Phil???? I was always a fan of Stemark though, at least he is back with Elan (after a short stint helping Salomon). It it wasn't for Stenmark and Mahre, there would be no Elan and K2, they put them on the map.
I haven't seen it "confirmed" anywhere, but this is what Flying Fossil wrote a few months ago when Phil announced he was going to try to race in the Nationals:

Flying Fossil
July 8th, 2006, 12:05 AM

There was a thread some time ago about Völkl making the K2 skis for Phil Mahre during his Worldcup career. Well now he has signed with Völkl for real and is using their skis. Apparently the guy at K2 was unwilling to pay for the living legend who put his product on the map to continue using it. This is the same guy who would not increase Bode's deal by 10K because he was sure Bode was going to get hurt. Bode switched to Fischer and the rest is history. That K2 guy has real good judgement! n

Never cared much for K2 but Völkl has always been one of my favorites at least when I could afford to own them. Hope Phil does real well on VÖLKL with his return to FIS racing.

- Fossil

I actually have a little TINY bit of history with Phil and so this is a real sore spot with me. I was lucky enough to guide him out of bounds here in JH about a month after he won his Olympic Gold in 1984. Had a great day that was a real eye-opener for me - a ski bum farmer from Iowa. Man, could that guy ski!

I then ran into him in 1996 at Deer Valley as a teammate in one of those old pro/am made-for-TV ski races (I was the am side of that equation). This was the old MCI Downhill Relays.

Where this is relevant is that it was shortly after the FIRST time that K2 decided not to sponsor him and Steve anymore. I rode up the chair with him many times and he was PISSED at K2. K2 had decided to put their sponsorship dollars into freeskier types like Plake et al and Phil (and Steve) felt betrayed. They ended up skiing for Volant for awhile if I'm not mistaken and then somehow or other K2 came back to the table.

So, I began a personal boycott of K2 products at that point and have never gone back.

So, I hope Phil gets a ton of press on his Volkls, races Ingemar, and makes it to the US Nationals.
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Yeah, for a while they were askiing Volants.

I am real tempted to sell these Seth's of mine now. K2 does so many good things, yet they have their heads up their arses when it counts. They really forget who brought them to where they are.
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K2 sucks. They would have had a hard time making it without the Mahres endorsements. Glad I never skied the 710
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As a kid I had Mahre brothers and Stenmark posters up on my wall, I would love to see them race again.

A s far as equipment, so all they are doing is taking off the K2 top sheet?
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post

A s far as equipment, so all they are doing is taking off the K2 top sheet?


Delicious irony.

ts, I'm sure we have a whole lot of new members who have no clue about what your reference means. :

For you new folks, we had a raging debate this past summer. One member stated very authoritatively that the "K2" skis Phil Mahre used to win his Olympic gold medal were actually made by Volkl and simply had K2 cosmetics. He pretty much said that "everybody" who knew anything about the times would know this.

This caused a storm of protest from a whole lot of people who were heavily involved in the industry at the time (and presently). These folks said the claim was absolute hooey and cited all sorts of references to prove that it was hooey.

The original poster stuck to his/her guns to much derision.

To subsequently have K2 drop Phil and Volkl pick him up is the ultimate in "what goes around comes around".

Good one, ts.
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I may be wrong, but I don't believe K2 is even making any race stock skis this season.
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
I may be wrong, but I don't believe K2 is even making any race stock skis this season.
Doesn't matter, K2 could easly be referred to "The house that Mahre built". If Phil came in and said, "I am getting back into racing...I need skis" The answer should have been "Anything you need Mr. Mahre, what did you have in mind?"
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
I may be wrong, but I don't believe K2 is even making any race stock skis this season.
I'm sure Volkl would have been happy to provide some race stock skis that K2 could just slap some cosmetics on top of.

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K2,,,,? I think I've heard of them. Isn't that the fishing pole and camping equipment company that also sells some low end skis?
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Yeah, & Tiger hits ladies Precept's!
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Back to Stenmark...

I really hope there will be some video footage of him racing this year. IMO, he was still the best ever, in a sport where times are measured in hundreths of a second..he was winning by whole seconds. His style was so smooth that he looked slow. He is one of the few athletes in any sport that are so good that the rules have to be changed because of them.
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Aren't K2 and Volkl divisions of the same company?
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He was also my favorite. I skied in Caber boots because of him.
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Back to Stenmark...

I really hope there will be some video footage of him racing this year. IMO, he was still the best ever, in a sport where times are measured in hundreths of a second..he was winning by whole seconds. His style was so smooth that he looked slow. He is one of the few athletes in any sport that are so good that the rules have to be changed because of them.
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He was also my favorite. I skied in Caber boots because of him.
My buddy had some elan RC05's w/ M4-15's that I borrowed fron time to time, what a sweet ski that was.
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He was also my favorite. I skied in Caber boots because of him.
The Azzoro (sp?) was the best boot I ever had.
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Isn't it funny, as high tech and great as the new equipment is, we love our old stuff. According to the ski marketers, it is amazing we could turn, much less make it down a run back then.:
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
The Azzoro (sp?) was the best boot I ever had.
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Originally Posted by fischermh View Post
Isn't it funny, as high tech and great as the new equipment is, we love our old stuff. According to the ski marketers, it is amazing we could turn, much less make it down a run back then.:
I'll tell ya,,, everytime I hop onto a pair of the old straight boards I remember why I liked downhill so much. Didn't have to turn. (well, that and the speed)

And yep, I raced on Cabers too.
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