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By Rosemary Pollock
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Mormon Group 'Jets' Return -- But They're Different

VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA -- Ashton Silito and Maliana Wolframm were two performers at the recent 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Members of the Jets, a second generation of Olympic performers in the '80s, they received the baton that was passed by older members of their family. Salt Lake City may have been the birthplace of the Jets, but they now call Hesperia home.

"We are doing this for the world, not just the coutnry, not just Utah," said 24-year-old Silito. "That's the good part." Wolframm, 18, said she was struck by the diversity of the crowd and "the excitement of just walking down the street and seeing people of so many other cultures."

The original group of Jets performed in the 1988 Seoul, Korea Olympics. Leroy Wolframm, an original Jet and now the group's sound mixer and main choreographer, was on hand for both Olympic performances.

"It was two difference experiences," Leroy Wolfgramm said. "Korea was very new to us and we were naive and fresh. It was a learning experience, a history class." "Here it was kind of a homecoming. It was a really warm crowd, even though the weather was freezing."

"I was more cold than nervous," said Maliana. "It was cold outside, but with all the energy in our show, it was hot on stage."


When the world's a stage ...
Victorville CA Daily Press 22Feb02 A2
By Teri Figueroa: Staff Writer
MUSIC: Jets performed Wednesday night at the 2002 winter Olympics.


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