Former U.S. Ski Team stars Phil and Steve Mahre say they expect to join the U.S. Pro Ski Tour this season.
Steve Mahre said Tuesday it is "90 to 95 percent certain" he and his twin brother will reach agreement to ski competitively for the first time in five years. The Mahres were in Denver this week to meet with their agent and potential sponsors.The move is designed to give star quality to a tour that increasingly has been dominated by little-known European racers.
The Mahres, America's most successful and visible skiers, are expected to provide an instant infusion of interest in a tour won last year by Joakim Wallner of Sweden. No American finished in the top 10.
Phil Mahre won three World Cup overall titles during a 10-year amateur career, and Steve was world champion in giant slalom in 1982. Phil won the gold medal in slalom in the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, with Steve placing second. The twins retired later that year.