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Burton closing its Vermont board factory

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While perusing online publication Plastics News  (you mean you don’t read it??) I found a report that Burton Snowboards is moving producton of its premium snowboards from the US to Austria.

The company is shutting the Burton Manufacturing Center in South Burlington, Vermont in June and moving production to Austria – where it has been making boards for 25 years.

Is your snow flight affected by the BA strike?

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If you’re heading to the Brits in Switzerland – or to any other snow destination for that matter – you might want to check whether your British Airways flight is going to be affected by the forthcoming strike.
Strikes are due from March 20 to 22 and 27 to 30 and BA say they’re currently hoping to operate 60% of their flights on those days.. You can enter your flight number on the British Airways website to get more information on what’s likely to happen to your flight.

Eristoff presents the 2010 ‘Après Sessions’ at the Brits

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The BRITS, Laax, Switzerland, 21st – 28th March 2010  With less than two weeks to go before the BRITS Snow and Music Festival returns to Laax in Switzerland, event organisers are excited to announce that Eristoff will be hosting this year’s Après Sessions Stage.

Shaun White on Oprah

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Torah Bright got her own stamp – and Shaun White got to meet Oprah. Oh the things a halfpipe Olympic gold medal gets you.

Here’s the footage of his interview – his section starts at about 2 minutes 15 in: 

Torah Bright gets her own postage stamp

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Winning Olympic gold has earned Torah Bright much more than a gold medal and a bunch of flowers – she’s now got her own postage stamp. The limited edition 55 cent stamp was rushed out by Australia Post following her halfpipe victory in Vancouver.

“Torah has become our fourth ever Olympic Winter gold medallist and we are proud to honour her through the production of this stamp,” said Australia Post’s Group Manager of Philatelic, Mr Noel Leahy.

Havianas launch hi-top collection

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You may have noticed I’ve got a bit of a thing for hi-tops and I was pretty excited to find out that Brazilian flip-flop extrordinaires Havianas have launched their own range of hi-top trainers. They’re available in the UK exclusively from Harrods from the end of March and they’re a mere £45!
More info on the rest of the Havianas range available at

Scotty Lago gets his own Olympic closing ceremony

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As we expected, Scotty Lago hasn’t managed to hold to his March embargo on talking about the flirty pictures of him and his bronze Olympic medal that lead him to leave Vancouver.
On Friday night he appeared in the Jimmy Kimmel Live show in the US.
Speaking about the unique bronze medal, Kimmel said, "It looks like the world’s largest penny."
"It’s cool because every one is unique. Everyone has it’s own bend and shape," Scotty responded.

Scotty Lago to appear on Jimmy Kimmel show on Friday

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We just heard from ABC’s PR peeps that Scotty Lago will be appearing on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday February 26.

Lago took bronze in the men’s halfpipe in Vancouver but made headlines too for some pictures of him with his medal and some ladies which earned him a slap on the wrist from Olympic officials.
Apparently he isn’t talking about the incident until March but maybe Kimmel will be able to wangle something out of him. Tune in at 12.05am on ABC to find out. 
If you’re outside the US we’ll report anything juicy that we hear!

NBC speaks to Kevin Pearce’s family

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Last night NBC broadcast an interview with Kevin Pearce’s family about his road to recovery after the halfpipe accident that almost cost him his life on December 31. They also have the first pictures of Kevin released since the incident.