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This image is of a very tiny vintage snapshot from Saalbach, Austria in 1938. I did not realize until I scanned and enlarged it – that it is an amusingly realistic (and timeless) capture. Unlike the idyllic happy poses generally feigned for photos – you see that Mom is all done with her sons’ nonsense! I am not a mother but imagine I, too, would often have this look on my face. Anyway, this revelation made me laugh. Be extra nice to your mom today!
Okay, enough bunnies and cute stuff! It’s time to get serious – a weekend of men’s World Cup ski racing at Wengen, Switzerland is upon us. Friday kicks it all off with the Combined followed by Slalom Saturday and the classic Lauberhorn downhill on Sunday. Reposting a favorite vintage photo to celebrate the venerable tour stop.
1/15/1975 Press photo: The two coaches of the two most successful alpine ski-teams of the season: Toni Sailer (left), the Austrian-teamboss, and Adolf Ogi (right), coach of the Swiss team. They here are waiting for the arrivals of their proteges from the Lauberhorn downhill race. Ogi will be charmed: 1rst and 2nd place for him; Toni Sailer can count the 3rd up to the 8th place.
This is the week when summer ends, just a little bit too soon, regardless of calendar and weather — local schools are back in session. I have stacks of summer alpine images waiting to be shared and will try my best to work in a few more seasonal posts before it is undeniably autumn.
I love when a found vintage photo leads to learning something new and unexpected. In this instance, the photographer of this fabulous 1930’s image is an interesting revelation. Lothar Rübelt (1901-1990) was an acclaimed professional photographer from Vienna, Austria known for sports photography and photojournalism. His own athletic background was accomplished as a member of the 1920 Austrian Olympic team for short-distance running.
Rübelt’s sport photography included a focus on stills but ranged to film with motorcycle and ski movies to his credit. I will have to dig deeper for the ski films but fortunately we can watch his 1924 motorcycle movie on YouTube. In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti is a glorious and exciting two-wheeled exploration of the Dolomites. This adventurous (off) road trip by Rübelt and his brother ascends to 2588 meters. Definitely check it out, even if you scan through the 46 minutes. At the least, jump to 37:16 for a thrilling mountain ride!
This real photo postcard found in Innsbruck is from 1914, making it one of the older images in my collection. To the best of my understanding, this is a ski racing club from Fierberbrunn in the Tyrol region of Austria.
The armbands are curious to me and I am wondering if they are athletic in nature or have something to do with the onset of World War I? Does anyone have any knowledge or thoughts?
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.
3/17/1957 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.
3/20/1955 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.
1/14/1963 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.
1966 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.
2/15/1970 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.
Certainly 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.
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. . .
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
2/19/1952 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.
2/10/1960 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 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.
2/13/1970 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 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.