Tribute planned for 2 US ski prospects killed in avalanche

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) Two U.S. Ski Team prospects killed in an avalanche last month will be honored Thursday at the world championships.

As a tribute to Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, an honorary forerunner will be sent down the course before the men's super-G race. Berlack was a forerunner at the Beaver Creek race in December.

The parents of both skiers will be in attendance.

Berlack and Astle were part of a group of six skiers who were descending from a peak near Soelden, Austria, when they left the prepared slope and apparently set off the avalanche. The other four skied out of the slide and escaped unhurt.

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