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USA: Happy Independence Day!

vail colorado 1989 fis alpine ski world championships american flag isaThere 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!

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On the Snow: JC de Castelbajac Snow Tigers

rossignol castelbajac jane tiger ski jacketJC de Castelbajac for Rossignol as seen at ISPO, January 2012.

julia mancuso downhill schladming world championshipsJulia Mancuso after her 5th place finish in the Women’s Downhill at the 2013 Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  On Julia:  USST jacket by Spyder and Houdini Sleepwalker down skirt.

rossignol castelbajac snow tiger ski jacket pantsOn her:  JC de Castelbajac Clemence Down TG Jacket, Geny PR Pant.  On him:  JC de Castelbajac Snowtiger Jacket, Snowtiger Pant.

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!

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Christin Cooper & Schladming: Then and Now

cooper_schladming82Schladming 1982, Women’s Combined:  Perrine Pelen (France), Erika Hess (Switzerland), Christin Cooper (USA).  Photo:  NZZ.ch

020950©anapolitano2013Schladming 2013:  Christin Cooper with Julia Mancuso. . .

020951©anapolitano2013. . . and Alice McKennis

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!

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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

02166©anapolitano2013x02167©anapolitano2013Waiting for final results. . .02161©anapolitano2013x021621©anapolitano2013x021622©anapolitano2013x021620©anapolitano2013x021623©anapolitano2013Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria, 2nd place.  Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, 3rd place.

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

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Men’s Giant Slalom, Ligety 3x World Champion!

02158©anapolitano2013Ted Ligety, USA – 2013 Giant Slalom World Champion

02152©anapolitano2013x02157©anapolitano2013x02153©anapolitano2013x02154©anapolitano2013x02159©anapolitano2013x02156©anapolitano2013Marcel Hirscher of Austria, 2nd place.  Ted Ligety of USA, 1st place.  Manfred Moelgg of Italy, 3rd place.

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!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Giant Slalom, Worley is #1

02141©anapolitano2013Tessa Worley, France – 2013 Giant Slalom World Champion

02142©anapolitano2013Tina Maze, Slovenia – 2nd place

02149©anapolitano2013Tina Maze, Tessa Worley and Anna Fenninger, Austria – 3rd place.

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02144©anapolitano2013x02148©anapolitano2013x02145©anapolitano2013Mikaela Shiffrin had her best GS finish ever in 6th place!

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Vintage Graphics: Schladming WM 1982

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hopsi_1982Found these vintage stickers today in a little souvenir shop – fantastic graphics from the 1982 World Championships in Schladming/Haus.  Love that Hopsi!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Men’s Super Combined, Ligety Wins Again!

02112©anapolitano2013Ted Ligety, USA – 2013 Super Combined World Champion

02111©anapolitano2013x02113©anapolitano2013Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, 2nd place.  Ted Ligety of USA, 1st place.  Romed Baumann of Austria, 3rd place.

02114©anapolitano2013Ligety wins!  A slalom run of a lifetime, I’d say – coming from .72 back to win by 1.15 seconds.  This makes Ted a double World Champ – winning gold in both events he has raced so far!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Downhill, Rolland Brings France Gold

02105©anapolitano2013Marion Rolland, France – 2013 Downhill World Champion

02102©anapolitano2013Sisters Elena Fanchini (left) and Nadia Fanchini (right), Italy – 2nd place

02106©anapolitano2013Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany – 3rd place

021011©anapolitano2013x021010©anapolitano2013Nadia Fanchini of Italy, 2nd place.  Marion Rollard of France, 1st place.  Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, 3rd place.

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Men’s Downhill, Svindal Dominates

02098©anapolitano2013Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway – 2013 Downhill World Champion

02092©anapolitano2013x020918©anapolitano2013x02095©anapolitano2013Dominik Paris, Italy – 2nd place

02096©anapolitano2013David Poisson, France – 3rd place

020917©anapolitano2013x020910©anapolitano2013Dominik Paris of Italy, 2nd place.  Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, 1st place.  David Poisson of France, 3rd place.

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