1/30/1952 Press Photo: Grindelwald, Switzerland. . . Mrs. Suzy Harris Rytting, considered the beauty queen of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ski Team, will get a letter of apology from the U.S. Olympic Ski Committee because of her ouster from the team. Mrs. Rytting was sent home by the selection committee when it was learned she is an expectant mother. In her home in Salt Lake City, Mrs. Rytting explained she didn’t mind so much being sent home but thought she was treated rather shabbily by the committee. She asked to remain in Europe until her mother or her husband could join her but she was told, she said, by team officials that she had to leave immediately.
Fortunately, times have changed. I can’t help but be reminded of the incredible and inspirational Sarah Schleper who took a year off from her esteemed U.S. Ski Team career for the birth of her son, Lasse – and then returned as a mom, with her family, for several more years of World Cup and Olympic competition!
Sarah Schleper with her son, Lasse, while competing at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Photo: gap2011.com