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This is the second consecutive weekend of FIS World Cup ski races at Garmisch-Partenkirchen with the women racing downhill today and SG tomorrow. The finish area may have changed but the course remains a legend. Click here and look for History to learn more about the Kandahar race.
The 2015 race brochure gives a heavy nod to the heritage of this Bavarian ski tradition. Susanne Riesch is the featured female racer. Can anyone identify the male racer?
xxxxThese found photos feature a young Ingemar Stenmark racing to third place in the 1976 FIS World Cup Slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Stenmark shared the podium with two Italian racers, Piero Gros in second and winner Fausto Radici. Also present was Stenmark’s trademark knit hat by Sätila of Sweden.
In terms of treasure hunting, I was beside myself to find – in a pile of otherwise unremarkable vintage photos – these images of the ultimate ski legend!
The Men’s World Cup tour speeds into the 2015 edition of the Kandahar Rennen at Garmisch today with the Downhill; Giant Slalom action follows on Sunday.
In a Bogner jacket at the Firstbahn station in Grindelwald, Switzerland.
Barbara-Maria “Barbi” Henneberger was a ski racer from West Germany and based on any photo I have ever seen, a true alpine style icon. Highlights of her racing career include a bronze medal in slalom at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics; four medals at the 1962 World Winter University Games; and two wins and a second place at the 1963 U.S. Alpine Championships. Tragically, she was killed in April 1964 by an avalanche while filming a ski movie in Switzerland for her fiancé, Willy Bogner, Jr. While treasure hunting in Germany, I uncovered these gorgeous vintage photos of Barbi showing her at her most vital and beautiful.
Traditional costume characteristic of mountainous Bavaria and Tyrol often serves as the iconic foundation for contemporary alpine-specific style and is responsible for endless beloved motifs. Tracht signifies region (such as Berchtesgaden), community (most often rural), economic standing and occasion (holiday, mourning). I remain in awe of the artistic nature and exquisite handicraft involved in this garb.
Most of these images are found vintage photos – I would love to know country and region of origin. If anyone has knowledge of this topic – please share with a comment.
When Mikaela unleashed her full-force assault on the World Cup ski circuit this past winter culminating in the slalom season title, she became the youngest slalom champion since Christa Zechmeister of Germany 39 years ago. Here is a look at the 1974 slalom champion. . .
CHRISTA ZECHMEISTER ROWING AT THE KÖNIGSLAKE. . . It is not very often than pretty German skier Christa Zechmeister, slalom world champion 1973/74, has leisure time for rowing at the Königslake, near Berchtesgaden (Bavaria) where she lives. The 17 year old blonde girl, slalom star of the German national ski team, is even in summer busy, first of all with the training for the winter and then as a seller in a sportshop in her home town. 1974 press photo
1976 Sport-Parade (Americana Munchen) trading card #246.
12/7/1973 AP Wirephoto: VAL D’ISERE, France – THEY’RE 1-2-3 IN WOMEN’S SLALOM—Christa Zechmeister, center, of West Germany holds both hands high after winning women’s slalom of 19th International Criterium of First Snow ski race Friday at Val D’Isere. Hanny Wentzel, left, of Liechtenstein was second and Marilyn Cochran, right, of Richmond, Vt., third in the event.
The Globetrotter shop in Munich is a massive four floors of outdoor clothing and equipment presented with the most thorough, precise and functional merchandising I have ever seen. This German specialty retailer aims to make shopping an experience – and they succeed.
The top floor hosts a large branch of the Bavarian alpine club, Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) – complete with extensive maps, information, merchandise and educated staff to help plan mountain adventures.
A 360° tour can be viewed on the Globetrotter web site; this video provides a walking tour – both show off the gorgeous fixtures and unique features of this store. I strongly recommend a stop at Globetrotter to shop the wide selection of premium outdoor brands or just for inspiration.
Globetrotter Munich: Isartorplatz 8-10, 80331 Munich, Germany
This photo truly gives perspective to what ski race gates used to be!
Watch modern hinged gates in use at the World Cup technical races this weekend: the ladies are at Ofterschwang, Germany and the men at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
After hosting men’s races last week, FIS Alpine Ski World Cup action continues on the Kandahar this weekend with women’s Downhill and Super G races. Good luck to hometown favorite, Maria Hoefl-Riesch!