Tag Archives: France

Vintage Bike Style

vintage bike style fancy glovesSo dapper.  And those gloves!  They are the final word on my dream ski glove.

vintage bike style parade alpine tract dirndl lederhosenGravel grinding in dirndls and lederhosen.

bike vintage style lake bourget franceFancy at Lac du Bourget in the Jura Mountains of France.

vintage bike style boy knickersNatty knickers.

vintage retro bike style cruiser boyClassic flannel and denim uniform for playing hard.

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Le Tour 2014: Climbing Mountains

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Today, the Tour de France will conquer the highest point in the 21-stage race with a summit of Col d’Izoard in the Hautes-Alpes. A perfect opportunity to share this humorous vintage French postcard by Gougeon.

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Skiing with Penguins: Les Gets, France

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2/11/1977 Press Photos:  PENGUIN SKIERS. . . It is holiday month for children in the winter sport area, and for those young enough and lucky enough from further afield to spend time learning to ski.  In this special junior ski enclosure at Les Gets Penguins are supplied as a novelty and as tame pets.  They seem to enjoy being with the children and showing off their paces.  Some of the Penguins are even fitted with miniature skis and the Penguins’ race is one of the attractions.  This young skier (top) is trying to encourage two sporting Penguins by offering them a tastey morsel of fish.

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Tamara McKinney 9: Mikaela Shiffrin 7

tamara mckinney ski race racer val disere france time magazine 1984 olympicsTamara McKinney in Time magazine, January 30, 1984, photo by Yarbrough-Team Russell.

tamara mckinney ski race aspen winternational colorado World Cup giant slalom action at the Aspen Winternational.

tamara mckinney ski race racer vail giant slalom rossignol descenteMarch 12, 1983 Press Photo:  VAIL, COLO:  USA’s Tamara McKinney takes a gate during the first run of Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom.  McKinney had the second best time of 1:11:59, only 0.01 second behind teammate Cindy Nelson.  McKinney is attempting to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Championship.  UPI jm/Pat Benic

Tamara’s signature bunny hat was made by her sister who sells specialty knit goods through her Kentucky-based company, Ouisha.

tamara mckinney us ski team athlete olympics 1984Training for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  ABC press photo.

With Mikaela Shiffrin’s win at Flachau yesterday, she has racked up seven World Cup slalom wins – quickly gaining on Tamara McKinney’s nine victories, the record for any American woman in slalom.

Tamara McKinney was my first ski hero.  Her small stature but aggressive style coupled with her girl-next-door image and trusty Rossignol skis offered a strong, female role model in the sport.  Her racing accomplishments include being the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title, two Giant Slalom titles, a Slalom title, multiple World Championship medals and a long list of career wins and podiums.  She is a legend without question.

My husband and I have been devout followers of Mikaela Shiffrin — her stunning talent and rapid ascent — since we watched her win the slalom at the 2010 J-III Junior Olympics when she was 15.  We had heard the hype but it wasn’t until we witnessed her runs that we truly grasped what this young girl could mean to the world of ski racing.  Amazed by her performance, I began referring to her as “Magic Girl”.  I was thrilled to be present to watch her win the slalom title at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria last winter.

So, with that, it is bittersweet for me to watch Mikaela gain on Tamara’s slalom record in record time!

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Ski Racer: Fabienne Serrat

fabienne serrat france ski racer st moritz world champion 2/5/1974 Press Photo:  Ski World Championship in St. Moritz – The first title of World Champion has been disputed by the girls in giant slalom.  The competition saw French Fabienne Serrat winner, second the German Traudel Treichel (left) and third the French Jacqueline Rouvier (right).  Fabienne also won gold in the Combined event at these World Championships; she was 17.

fabienne serrat ski race france world cup 12/13/1980 Press Photo:  PIANCAVALLO, ITALY:  Fabienne Serrat, 24, of France, winner of the World Cup slalom 12/13 raises her hands as she is held by Erike Hess (L) of Switzerland who finished second and Maria Rosa Quario of Italy who came in third.

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Lifestyle: Slopeside Lunch

ski vintage arden milk austria posterSomewhere in the west coast enjoying lunch with Arden milk.  Check the travel posters on the building – excited to recognize the Austria image by Paul Aigner as found at Brimfield!

vintage ski chamonix mont blan plan prazDéjeuner su la neige au Plan Praz.  Chamonix, France.

vintage ski europe alps lunch sunRefueling and relaxing al fresco in the Alps.

ski stowe vintage stone hut mount mansfield vermontOutside the Stone Hut on Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont.  Cheers!

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Ski Style: Bold Stripes

malcolm milne ski race australia rossignol mossantMalcolm Milne of Australia going for it in a striped Mossant Sport of France jacket.

rosi mittermaier ski racer west germany abetone italy2/27/1974 AP Press Photo:  ABETONE, ITALY – Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany flashes through the gates Wednesday to win the World Cup Special Slalom race at Abetone, Italy.  Click to watch Rosi win two golds (DH, SL) and a silver (GS) at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics; watch to the end to see more fantastic sweaters!

vintage retro ski jacket paris fashion stripes10/28/1965 Press Photo:  PARIS FASHIONS:  Ski-ing outfit designed by a Paris dressmaker specialized in sports wear.

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Summery Vintage Graphics

holmenkol vintage ski wax box packaging germanyHolmenkol:  vintage ski wax packaging, made in West Germany.

vintage whiteface new york ski chair lift lake placidSki Whiteface Mountain, New York:  very Endless Summer!

molitg les bains france pyrenees grand hotel thermal pyrenees vintage luggage labelMolitg-Les-Bains, France:  vintage Grand Hotel Thermal luggage label in neon pink teetering on orange – perfectly modern with the current coral color trend.

glacier national park montana vintage decal label travelGlacier National Park, Montana:  vintage travel decal, intensely happy colors.

Vintage graphics in a palette of vibrant sunset colors for a distinctly summer feel.

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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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Franz Klammer: Team Austria Speed Suit

franz klammer austria ski downhill val d'isere france12/9/1974 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.

franz klammer austria ski world championships st moritz 19742/10/1974 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.

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