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Golden Girl: Mikaela Shiffrin

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She did it!

Front page of the February 22, 2014 Caledonian-Record, Vermont newspaper local to Mikaela’s alma mater:  Burke Mountain Academy Alumna Mikaela Shiffrin Becomes Youngest Slalom Champion in Olympic History

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MTB: Kingdom Trails

burke mountain darling hill summer bikeBurke Mountain in all its summertime glory from Heaven’s Bench off Darling Hill Road.

kingdom trails east burke vermont bike darling hill cows farmThe girls welcoming riders to the Darling Hill trails after the climb up from the village.

bike kingdome trails burke mountain vermont barn summerView of the mountain from route 114 via White School.

bike kingdom trails east burke vermont kirby connectorDefinitely worth that pesky paved hill climb for one of the quietest and prettiest loops in the network.

ski bike burke mountain academy warrens way summerWarren’s Way race hill, green not white.

burke vermont love bumper stickerDirty window; fantastic sticker!  Anyone know where to buy these?

I could easily take a picture of something gorgeous or otherwise charming every other minute while mountain biking Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont.  But the trails flow so nicely – it’s too hard to stop!  I managed to sneak in a few shots from an absolutely perfect summer weekend.  As always, Kingdom Trails gets my highest recommendation as a stellar riding destination and experience!

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How the Racers Ski: Burke Mountain Academy

vicki fleckenstein woodworth ski burke vermont us ski team 197610/31/1976 Press Photo:  Viki Fleckenstein, of Burke Mountain, VT., Winner of National Combined Alpine Championship, is one of America’s best racers.

how the racers ski book warren witherell burke vermont 1972An excellent thrift find — 1972 first edition of the seminal ski bible How the Racers Ski by Burke Mountain Academy founder, Warren Witherell.

I am headed to East Burke, Vermont this weekend to ride Kingdom Trails.  Here are a couple vintage nuggets from the home of Burke Mountain Academy.

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Christa Zechmeister: Teenage Slalom World Champion

Today, Mikaela Shiffrin graduated from Burke Mountain Academy.  The 2013 World Cup Slalom Champion graduated from high school.

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 germany ski slalom world champion 1973 1974CHRISTA 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

christa zechmeister germany ski racer 19761976 Sport-Parade (Americana Munchen) trading card #246.

christa zechmeister germany wins slalom val d'isere france 197312/7/1973 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.

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Don’t Jay Burke

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It was a good winter at Burke Mountain Resort:  early opening thanks to increased snowmaking, late closing due to high spring snowfall, in between a Burke Mountain Academy student became a world champion.  Personally, my husband and I made even more wonderful friends and fell more in love with the community.

I remain extremely guarded about the development hurtling towards Burke with its purchase by Jay Peak.  Yes, I know – progress, growth, security — these could and should be good things for locals and for guests, for ski and bike seasons.  I do get it and am admittedly looking forward to some of the updates.  But I can only hope change proceeds in appropriate scale and character, specific and authentic to what makes Burke. . . Burke.  This winter I have been very mindful to soak up the mountain’s rich atmosphere and personality before it all starts to evolve, in particular anticipating the construction site at the base of the Mid-Burke Express quad next winter.  There is irony, poignancy and comfort in the vintage image posted here.

A sincere thank you to everyone who keeps the ski and bike trails running and town amazingly pleasant and special!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin Wins!

Yes, there were other women in this slalom race but all I’m really caring about is Mikaela Shiffrin.  World Champion.  At seventeen.  Totally amazing (though not surprising) and completely awesome!

CONGRATULATIONS, Mikaela!

021614©anapolitano2013Mikaela Shiffrin, USA – 2013 Slalom World Champion

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Another post to follow soon with due respect to the rest of the world class field. . .

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Drill Bit

120156©anapolitano2012BMA coaches set race courses in style – this is one sharp looking Makita!

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Tools of the Trade

02122©anapolitano2012No matter how hammered, nor how much duct tape – I love the character, history and highly personalized nature of broken in gloves/ mitts.

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Mikaela Shiffrin: Outside Magazine

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What a pleasant surprise to open up the new Outside magazine and find a piece on Mikaela Shiffrin.  The article is a nice primer on the ski racing phenom I call Magic Girl.  The gorgeous photos by Chloe Crespi were shot near Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, Vermont.

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