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Olympic Athletes: ‘Winter Is In Trouble’

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Lindsey Jacobellis of the USA takes 1st place during the FIS Snowboard World Championships Men's and Women's Snowboardcross on Jan. 18, 2011 in La Molina, Spain. (credit: Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Lindsey Jacobellis of the USA takes 1st place during the FIS Snowboard World Championships Men’s and Women’s Snowboardcross on Jan. 18, 2011 in La Molina, Spain. (credit: Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two winter Olympics medalists from Vermont are among the signers of a letter to President Obama saying that due to climate change “winter is in trouble.”

Snowboarders Lindsay Jacobellis and Hanna Teter are among 75 winter athletes, including Olympians, X Games champions and other champion riders, skiers and climbers joining in highlighting their concern.

They say the worries are especially acute in states like Vermont that are dependent on winter tourism.

The letter cites a December report published by Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council highlighting the economic impact of inconsistent winters on the U.S. snow sports community and tourism-dependent states.

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