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Sochi 2014: Jumping into History

johanne kolstad hilda braskeruds ski jump vintage norway womenJohanne Kolstad and Hilda “Nusse” Braskeruds of Norway, pioneers of women’s ski jumping in the 1930s.

johanne kolstad hilda braskeruds ski jump vintage norway womenKolstad (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.

johanne kolstad hilda braskeruds ski jump vintage norway womenAll vintage photos from the book Hopp, Jenter- Hopp! (Jump, Girls, Jump!) by Karin Berg.

sochi 2014 ski jump women japan sara takanashi Sara Takanshi of Japan in flight off the normal hill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Photo:  AP/ Matthias Schrader

carina vogt germany sochi 2014 women ski jump champion gold medalFebruary 11, 2014 – Carina Vogt of Germany earned the first-ever Olympic gold medal awarded for women’s ski jumping.  Photo:  AP/ Matthias Schrader

sochi 2014 women ski jump daniela irashchko stolz austriaDaniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria flies over the Olympic rings.  Photo:  AP/ Matthias Schrader

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.

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Women’s Olympic Downhill: It’s On!

cindy nelson ski race downhill 1976 winter olympics innsbruck austriaIn 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.

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Downhill Gold: Franz Klammer

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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!

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Snow Day: Snow Fort

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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!

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On the Road: Instagram

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. . .

salzburg fortriss Festung hohensalzburg kapitelschwemme horse pond austria night The Hohensalzburg fortress stands guard over the city – and medieval horse pond, Kapitelschwemme.

leather bag game traditional hirsch brown craft Traditional leather work with hirsch motif hand-crafted in Salzburg, perhaps in the style of a game bag.

iron sign hermes boutique salzburg austriaHermès boutique placard in the tradition of Salzburg’s elaborate wrought iron shop signs.  Gargoyle lurking.

moncler ski 2014 blast off jet pack salzburg austriaBlasting off with Moncler and. . . a jet pack?  (Based on the success of their recent IPO, Moncler will likely soon be going even bigger.)  Serious black and white color palette ruling the shop.

lanz salzburg traditional trachten flannel pajamasCertainly a leading name in traditional alpine dress.  Lanz is home in Salzburg.  (Note to self:  research Lanz’s heritage and contribution to trachten beyond flannel pajamas!)

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Travel: Kitzbühel for the Hahnenkamm

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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. . .

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Photography: Capa in Color

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vanity fair magazine january 2014 robert caps ski photographer color exhibit new york cityVanity 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. . .

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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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Salzburg: The Sound of Music

salzburg austria Altstadt Festung hohensalzburg fortressI 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.

salzburg austria view Altstadt 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.

nonnberg abbey convent sound of musicNonnberg Abbey, the convent from which Maria is released and famously begins her dancing and singing journey to the Von Trapp family residence.

salzburg austria nonnberg abbey convent statuary architectural detail heartMaria sings her namesake song, Maria, together with the nuns at this Benedictine monastery perched on a hill in Salzburg’s Old Town.

salzburg austria untersberg viewHeading south, view of Untersberg.  An escape scene shows the family on the summit of this 6,473 foot peak.

frohnburg castle salzburg austria sound of musicFrohnburg Castle posed as the exterior of the Trapp family mansion and is where Maria concludes the song I Have Confidence.

schloss hellbrunn palace salzburg austria christkindlmarkt christmas marketThe festive Christkindlmarkt – Christmas market – at Schloss Hellbrunn.  The baroque palace was built in 1613-19 as a summer residence; the trick fountains are a popular tourist attraction.

pavilion sound of music hellbrunn salzburg austriaHellbrunn Palace is also where the pavilion, made famous by two scenes in the movie, is now stationed.  Sixteen Goin’ On Seventeen and Something Good were both performed in this glass pavilion.

festun hohensalzburg fortress salzburg austriaView of Festung Hohensalzburg on the return to the historic altstadt from Hellbrunn Palace.  The medieval fortress provides a distinctive backdrop and skyline for Salzburg.

mirabell gardens salzburg austria statueA statue by Ottavio Mosto (1690) in the gardens at Mirabell Palace.  Several scenes were filmed here, perhaps most notably Do-Re-Mi by Maria and the Von Trapp children.

salzburg austria horse pond muralsMaria and the children stroll by the horse statue and murals of the Pferdeschwemme Fountain – an ancient horse bath – as part of My Favorite Things musical sequence.

christkindlmarkt christmas market residenzplatz salzburg austriaChristmas market in Residenzplatz – this square is featured early in the film when Maria sings I Have Confidence. 

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