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Kolstad (left) toured the U.S. for five years in the mid-1930’s jumping at exhibitions. She was popular with fans and known as The Queen of Skis (or Skies) or The Wonder Girl. Her 1938 world record jump of 72 meters at Berlin, New Hampshire remained unbroken until 1972.
Finally! It seems crazy that this is a landmark in 2014 – but given that gender inequality has plagued ski jumping at the Olympic level – there is reason for celebration with the Sochi Winter Games. The U.S. Women’s team — lead by World Champion Lindsey Van, Sarah Hendrickson and Jessica Jerome – has tirelessly fought for the inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the Olympics. Tuesday, that became a reality.
In a setting of grandeur, pigtailed Cindy Nelson thrusts out over the downhill course on which she won a prized bronze medal for the U.S. From Sports Illustrated coverage of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
Up late to watch the women’s downhill live from Sochi. Rooting for Julia Mancuso all the way! I think my dream podium would be: Mancuso gold, Maria Hoefl-Riesch silver, Anna Fenninger bronze. Lindsey Vonn will be missed, of course. Very, very sad for Tina Weirather, out with a leg injury incurred in training a few days ago – she deserves to continue her winning season.
The men’s downhill kicks off the alpine ski events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. At the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics, Franz Klammer of Austria cemented himself as a ski legend with his relentless, even reckless, charge to gold. Like Klammer, Bode Miller of Team USA will be racing to win wearing bib #15 – here’s hoping for the same result!
Today I woke up to 10” of fresh snow and the governor requesting people to stay off the roads. That meant no school for my teacher husband, no office for me.
Last week in Innsbruck, Austria, I found these very sweet vintage photos of schoolgirls building a snow fort – perfect for the spirit of this mid-week snow day!
Way too much to post on this blog and way too little time! Not only am I backlogged with news from winter 2014, I am traveling for the next two weeks and expect to have an influx of inspiration to share from Austria and Germany – even despite the utter lack of snow in these parts. My blogging may be lagging but fortunately my ‘gramming is not. Please follow AlpineStyle56 on Instagram or monitor the feed on the right sidebar of the blog homepage for new images and frequent updates. (Clicking an image in the Instagram blog feed will bring it to full size.) Go check right now! Several updates from Salzburg, Austria. . .
Well, this isn’t what I had planned. But due to lack of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the women’s World Cup races there have been cancelled. So with less than a week before race events commence, I find myself scrambling to track down lodging in a booked-solid Kitzbühel, Austria for what is undoubtedly the most celebrated race stop on the World Cup circuit – the Hahnenkamm!
I will miss seeing the women race but this is an exciting turn of events and am looking forward to watching the range of disciplines (super-g, slalom and of course, downhill), intense race course and fervent crowds. Perhaps sharing these vintage hotel labels will help channel a vacant room my way! If you have any recommendations or tips for this resort town, please do share. . .
Vanity Fair, January 2014: Best remembered for his stirring black-and-white images of 20th-century conflict, photographer Robert Capa also captured color pictures of postwar leisure in the mountains of Zermatt, Switzerland; Zürs, Austria; and other international ski resorts. From the stormy beaches of Normandy on D-day to the tranquil mountaintops of the Swiss Alps, Capa’s lens captured it all. All photos: Robert Capa
Post-war, renowned photo journalist Robert Capa turned his lens to luxury ski resorts of Europe. The International Center of Photography hosts an exhibit of Capa’s rich color images from January through May of 2014.
For me, this is reason enough to make an excursion to the city. Hopefully sooner rather than later. . .
January 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.
I am curious and a little excited to watch the remake of the The Sound of Music tonight on NBC. Traditionalists can balk all they want but Carrie Underwood certainly has the pipes to fill Maria’s dirndl.
Sadly, this new production will not be filmed on location in and about Salzburg and the Austrian Alps as was the 1965 movie. When in Salzburg, you can’t help but stumble through sites used in the movie. I hadn’t seen the film since childhood and after watching it a couple years ago – was stunned to see how much of the movie could be found in my travel photos.
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