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There could not be a better time to resurrect this patriotic image, long ago clipped from the newsprint of a February 1989 weekly issue of Ski Racing. Vail, Colorado hosted the 1989 FIS Alpine World Championships as the resort will again in February 2015. Click here to follow the countdown to ski racing’s biggest event. . .
As for today. . . Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy the holiday and as always, go USA!
JC de Castelbajac for Rossignol as seen at ISPO, January 2012.
I enjoyed watching this broadcasting duo at the Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria. Each day they would come dressed in exquisite complementary ensembles of luxury outerwear. The wild snow tiger theme shown here as they interview Julia Mancuso is by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for Rossignol – styles I had seen the winter prior at the ISPO trade show but never expected to have the good fortune to see on snow!
Schladming 1982, Women’s Combined: Perrine Pelen (France), Erika Hess (Switzerland), Christin Cooper (USA). Photo: NZZ.ch
In 1982, Christin Cooper won an impressive three medals at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria: Silver in Slalom, Silver in Giant Slalom, Bronze in Combined.
It must have been special for Christin to return to Schladming for the 2013 World Championships, this time around as a commentator for NBC Sports. Watching the final women’s downhill practice, it appears she is a sincere and engaged mentor to the U.S. women’s team.
I had the good fortune of randomly meeting Christin on a walking path leading up out of the Schladming village. For me, this couple minute chat was a pretty big deal as she, along with Tamara McKinney, made an indelible impression on me as a young ski-racing girl in the mid-80s. I feel extremely fortunate to have had such strong and inspiring women role models at such a formative time in life. Thank you, Christin!
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!
Another post to follow soon with due respect to the rest of the world class field. . .
I love how they announced the start of Ted’s runs with “It’s Ligety time”. Yes, it was. It is. Not since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968 – 45 years ago – has there been a triple world champion — incredible. Congratulations, Ted!