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Stowe: Ski Racing Heritage

Ski racing runs deep in Stowe, Vermont.  Every level of alpine racing has graced the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak from international championships to the beloved Sugar Slalom.  The Mount Mansfield Ski Club, the oldest ski club in the country, has assembled a detailed history and timeline of racing in Stowe.  Please click here for the MMSC website.

toni sailer austria stowe vermont ski race 1957 vintage3/17/1957 Press Photo:  SAILER OF AUSTRIA WINS – Toni Sailer of Austria shown crossing the finish line here today as he won the men’s downhill event of the American-International Ski Races being held here on Mount Mansfield. 

stowe ski race andrea mead lawrence buddy werner 19553/20/1955 Press Photo:  STOWE, VT., DOWNHILL SKI CHAMPIONS – Buddy Werner, 19-year-old University of Denver freshman who won the International Downhill race down Mt. Mansfield today is flanked by tie winners of women’s race.  Andrea Mead Lawrence, 22, (left) of Parshall, Col. U.S. double Olympic champion and Madeleine Berthod, 24, (right) of Switzerland tied at 2:08.7 for the 1.2 mile course.  Werner topped American and European champions for time of 2:07.5 for 1¾ mile course.

stowe vermont ski race sepp ruschp othmar schneider1/14/1963 Press Photo:  Othmar Schneider (left) world’s ski champion from Austria after a fast run down Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vt., with Sepp Ruschp (center) and Karl Fahrner, a Mansfield ski instructor.  Schneider is favored to win the Vic Constant Memorial Downhill, Slalom and Combined races this weekend (Jan. 17-18) at Mansfield.  Ruschp is general manager and newly-named president of the Mount Mansfield ski resort and Fahrner is a former European champion skier.

jean claude killy france wins ski race stowe vermont 19661966 AP WIREPHOTO:  STOWE, VT., MARCH 19 — FLYING FRENCHMAN – Jean-Claude Killy of France leans into a high speed turn as he flashes down Mount Mansfield to win International Giant Slalom championships at Stowe, Vt., today.  Killy, gasping for air, is “stepping up” or shifting weight from right to left ski for turn towards next gate to his left.  Killy ran course of just under a mile in 1:45:67.

billy kidd stowe vermont downhill val gardena italy2/15/1970 Press Photo:  Val Gardena, Italy – Bill Kidd of Stowe, Vt., flying in air during today’s Alpine World Championships downhill event in which he placed fifth.  He won the Combined Alpine trophy beating top favorite France’s Patrick Russel.

stowe vermont spruce peak ski race slalom hill vintage postcard richardsonCertainly the most enduring and beloved ski race in Stowe is the annual Sugar Slalom.  It is a celebration of spring complete with racers in spirited costumes and fresh maple syrup on snow.  The 2014 edition of the Sugar Slalom is this weekend, April 5-6, with races running Saturday and Sunday on Spruce Peak’s Slalom Hill, pictured here many years ago.  Vintage real photo postcard by Harry Wendell Richardson of Newport, Vermont.

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Sochi 2014: Women’s Slalom

I am particularly excited for (and anxious about) the women’s Olympic slalom race – mostly due to Mikaela Shiffrin and the very realistic chance that she could win Olympic gold.  Thankfully, this is a night race in Russia which means we in the USA can easily catch the first run live in the morning (7:45 am EST) – only hours away.  Now it’s just that pesky 11:00 am meeting I have to do something about.  Don’t think I can bear to miss the conclusive second run. . .

mikaela shiffrin slalom world champion 2013 schladming austria atomic skisMikaela winning the 2013 Slalom World Championship, photos taken at Schladming, Austria.  She went on to win the 2013 FIS Slalom Title at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.  Could Olympic gold be next?

Olympic slalom champions throughout the years:
1948 St. Moritz, Switzerland – Gretchen Fraser, USA
1952 Oslo, Norway – Andrea Mead Lawrence, USA
1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – Renée Colliard, Switzerland
1960 Squaw Valley, USA – Anne Heggtveit, Canada
1964 Innsbruck, Austria – Christine Goitschel, France
1968 Grenoble, France – Marielle Goitschel, France
1972 Sapporo, Japan – Barbara Ann Cochran, USA
1976 Innsbruck, Austria – Rosi Mittermaier, West Germany
1980 Lake Placid, USA —  Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein
1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia – Paoletta Magoni, Italy
1988 Calgary, Canada — Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1992 Albertville, France – Petra Kronberger, Austria
1994 Lillehammer, Norway – Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1998 Nagano, Japan – Hilde Gerg, Germany
2002 Salt Lake City, USA – Janica Kostelic, Croatia
2006 Torino, Italy – Anja Pärson, Sweden
2010 Vancouver, Canada – Maria Riesch, Germany
2014 Sochi, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin, USA

andrea mead lawrence olympics oslo 1952 gold medal slalom2/19/1952 AP Photo:  Andrea Mead Lawrence, U.S. women’s ski star from Rutland, Vt., holds up the gold medal she received in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.  The medal was the Olympic award for her victory in the women’s giant slalom at the opening of the Winter Olympics last week.  One day following this photo, Andrea would go on to win a second gold in slalom.

betsy snite 1960 winter olympics squaw valley california slalom silver medal2/10/1960 AP Photo:  HAPPY BETSY ZOOMS DOWN SLOPE – You can tell from Betsy Snite’s expression that she’s happy to get in her first practice run down Papoose Mountain today since coming to Squaw Valley, Calif., to get ready for the Winter Olympic games.  Betsy, of Norwich, Vt., is an experienced international competitor rated a good prospect to win a medal for Uncle Sam.  Betsy Snite won slalom silver at these Olympics.

barbi henneberger 1964 innsbruck austria olympics bronze squaw valley slalomBarbi Henneberger of West Germany followed Snite with bronze in the 1960 Squaw Valley slalom.  1/25/1964 AP Photo:  AWAITS OLYMPICS OPENING – This is Barbi Henneberger, a young German skier.  She is one of many girl skiers gathered at Innsbruck, Austria for the winter Olympic games which begin on Wednesday.  Barbi won a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics.

barbara ann cochran val gardena italy ski slalom richmond vermont2/13/1970 AP Photo:  Val Gardena, Italy – Barbara Cochran of Richmond, Vt., curls around one of the 60 gates to give United States its first silver medal of this world alpine ski championships, here today.  She placed second in the women’s special slalom, won by France’s Ingrid Lafforgue.  Two years later, Barbara won the slalom at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.

rosi mittermaier germany champion world cup olympics innsbruck 1976 gold medalRosi Mittermaier of Germany wears her three Olympic medals earned in 1976 at Innsbruck, Austria.  The haul includes gold medals for slalom and downhill, a silver medal for giant slalom.  For Sochi 2014, it is the men’s slalom that is important to Rosi as favorite Felix Neureuther is her son.

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Ski Legend: Andrea Mead Lawrence

andrea mead lawrence ski racer bad gastein austria 1952 winner giant slalomJanuary 27, 1952 Press Photo:  THE WINNER RELAXES – Andrea Mead Lawrence of Rutland, Vt., is shown taking things easy after posting another victory in a tuneup ski match for the Olympics.  The famed woman skier removes her goggles after winning the giant slalom at Bad Gastein, Austria.  She competed against the top women skiers from six nations.

Contrary to the description in the photo caption, I do not think Andrea Mead Lawrence is “taking things easy” — all I see is the look of the fiercely intense competitor.  Just weeks later, she went on to win two gold medals at the Winter Games in Oslo, Norway – the first and only American to win twice in a single Olympics.

It goes without saying that Andrea’s confidence brought the gorgeous US Ski Team uniform to life with mad style (and a remarkably tiny waist).  And let’s not forget the race sponsor, Pez – of candy dispenser fame – is an Austrian brand founded in Vienna.

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