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Mammoth Masters racing for all ages

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MAMMOTH (CBS 8) - Zipping down the course, they look like any other racer. Take a closer look and you'll see these racers are masters who have worked on their craft for decades.

Bill Rathbone, 59, is from Encinitas. He raced in college and was an all-American.

"I'm an attorney in San Diego, a lot of stress and pressure, it's a good break to come here and ski that fast," he said.

His buddy is Bob Davis. Back in the day, Bob raced for the University of Utah and currently owns a gas station in La Costa.

"It's tough to compare. I really enjoy this now. I enjoyed it then up to a point. Where I went to school you're under scholarship to do well. Once that was over I took a hiatus and I've gotten back into it with Masters. Really enjoyed racing," he said.

On the ladies' side, everyone is chasing Deb Lewis.

"I was on a high school team, my first experience was on a little bump in Michigan coached by our math teacher," Deb said.

Deb hails from just over the county line in San Clemente.

"Number one in the ladies season standings last year. Yellow bibs we earned. I'm proud to have it they should all shoot away," she said.

In masters racing there is no age limit, and no limit to the fun they have on the mountain.

"Skiing is a lot of fun. It engages you physically and mentally. Especially racing, it's a physical skills, a lot of it is mental thinking all the time. It's a very engaging, exhilarating experience," Deb said.

"The camaraderie, friends know each other for years. It's fun to come out here and compete again. Nice days like this are really enjoyable," Bob said.

"Got back into it after I took 15 years off. Hardest part in losing," Bill said.

But losing is only defined by a racer's time. By contrast, the time these racers are having makes them masters at winning.

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