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Two U.S. Ski Team members are dead after an avalanche struck earlier today at a ski resort in Austria.  The ski team says 19-year-old Utah native Bryce Astle and 20-year-old Ronnie Berlack of New Hampshire were among six athletes freeskiing at the resort where the annual season-opening World Cup races are held.  The other four were able to ski their way out of the slide.  Astle and Berlack were on the developmental team and Olympic hopefuls. 

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has issued a statement mourning the loss of the two young athletes and remembering them as "outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport." 

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