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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!
3/2/1964 Press Photo: 83 DIE IN MOUNTAIN AIR DISASTER. 75 passengers bound for a ski-ing holiday, and the crew of eight, all British, died when their Britannia aircraft of British Eagle International Airlines crashed on to the side of the Glungezer Mountain in the Austrian Alps, as it was approaching INNSBRUCK Airport. After the aircraft had disappeared, fog and snow held up the search, and it was several hours before the wreck was found. PHOTO SHOWS: 31-year-old HANNES GASSER (left) the best mountain guide in the district, stands by waiting for news of the location of the wrecked Britannia, beside an Austrian Army vehicle.
For someone who is about to embark on a search for plane crash victims of the worst aviation disaster in Austria’s history, this guide seems disturbingly happy – but let’s focus on his ensemble that is classic alpine perfection, right down to the edelweiss pin! The soldier’s camouflage jacket with gathered bottom hem is pretty fantastic, too — and would be perfectly on trend today with the current camo moment in fashion.
(The setting of this post is a pretty big downer but I am finding it interesting – in terms of history and the reinforcement of the vast scale and power of mountains. Read the Wikipedia post for more info about the crash and ensuing avalanche. Watch video footage of the wreckage, please note some content is graphic.)
12/9/1974 A.P. wirephoto: Franz Klammer, Austria’s world ski champion, won the men’s World Cup downhill race yesterday at Val D’Isere, France. Klammer, 20, also set a course record of 2 minutes 3.19 seconds in the 3,298-meter event.
2/10/1974 Press Photo: Austrian Triumph in Men’s Downhill Race. . . St. Moritz, Switzerland: David Zwilling (center) first and Franz Klammer (r) second won the top honours for Austria in the men’s downhill race at the 23rd Alpine Ski World Championships here. Willi Frommelt (left) from Liechtenstein created a big surprise by taking the third place among the world’s elite. It was the second medal for this tiny principality.
I am totally into the banded sleeve stripes on the circa 1974 Austrian national team uniform, as worn here by Franz Klammer. It is reserved design with big impact – creative and effective interpretation of Austria’s flag.
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!
Lindsey Vonn scored her 50th World Cup win – congratulations!