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xxxxThese found photos feature a young Ingemar Stenmark racing to third place in the 1976 FIS World Cup Slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Stenmark shared the podium with two Italian racers, Piero Gros in second and winner Fausto Radici. Also present was Stenmark’s trademark knit hat by Sätila of Sweden.
In terms of treasure hunting, I was beside myself to find – in a pile of otherwise unremarkable vintage photos – these images of the ultimate ski legend!
The Men’s World Cup tour speeds into the 2015 edition of the Kandahar Rennen at Garmisch today with the Downhill; Giant Slalom action follows on Sunday.
I love when a found vintage photo leads to learning something new and unexpected. In this instance, the photographer of this fabulous 1930’s image is an interesting revelation. Lothar Rübelt (1901-1990) was an acclaimed professional photographer from Vienna, Austria known for sports photography and photojournalism. His own athletic background was accomplished as a member of the 1920 Austrian Olympic team for short-distance running.
Rübelt’s sport photography included a focus on stills but ranged to film with motorcycle and ski movies to his credit. I will have to dig deeper for the ski films but fortunately we can watch his 1924 motorcycle movie on YouTube. In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti is a glorious and exciting two-wheeled exploration of the Dolomites. This adventurous (off) road trip by Rübelt and his brother ascends to 2588 meters. Definitely check it out, even if you scan through the 46 minutes. At the least, jump to 37:16 for a thrilling mountain ride!
Ski racing runs deep in Stowe, Vermont. Every level of alpine racing has graced the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak from international championships to the beloved Sugar Slalom. The Mount Mansfield Ski Club, the oldest ski club in the country, has assembled a detailed history and timeline of racing in Stowe. Please click here for the MMSC website.
3/17/1957 Press Photo: SAILER OF AUSTRIA WINS – Toni Sailer of Austria shown crossing the finish line here today as he won the men’s downhill event of the American-International Ski Races being held here on Mount Mansfield.
3/20/1955 Press Photo: STOWE, VT., DOWNHILL SKI CHAMPIONS – Buddy Werner, 19-year-old University of Denver freshman who won the International Downhill race down Mt. Mansfield today is flanked by tie winners of women’s race. Andrea Mead Lawrence, 22, (left) of Parshall, Col. U.S. double Olympic champion and Madeleine Berthod, 24, (right) of Switzerland tied at 2:08.7 for the 1.2 mile course. Werner topped American and European champions for time of 2:07.5 for 1¾ mile course.
1/14/1963 Press Photo: Othmar Schneider (left) world’s ski champion from Austria after a fast run down Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vt., with Sepp Ruschp (center) and Karl Fahrner, a Mansfield ski instructor. Schneider is favored to win the Vic Constant Memorial Downhill, Slalom and Combined races this weekend (Jan. 17-18) at Mansfield. Ruschp is general manager and newly-named president of the Mount Mansfield ski resort and Fahrner is a former European champion skier.
1966 AP WIREPHOTO: STOWE, VT., MARCH 19 — FLYING FRENCHMAN – Jean-Claude Killy of France leans into a high speed turn as he flashes down Mount Mansfield to win International Giant Slalom championships at Stowe, Vt., today. Killy, gasping for air, is “stepping up” or shifting weight from right to left ski for turn towards next gate to his left. Killy ran course of just under a mile in 1:45:67.
2/15/1970 Press Photo: Val Gardena, Italy – Bill Kidd of Stowe, Vt., flying in air during today’s Alpine World Championships downhill event in which he placed fifth. He won the Combined Alpine trophy beating top favorite France’s Patrick Russel.
Certainly the most enduring and beloved ski race in Stowe is the annual Sugar Slalom. It is a celebration of spring complete with racers in spirited costumes and fresh maple syrup on snow. The 2014 edition of the Sugar Slalom is this weekend, April 5-6, with races running Saturday and Sunday on Spruce Peak’s Slalom Hill, pictured here many years ago. Vintage real photo postcard by Harry Wendell Richardson of Newport, Vermont.
UNITED STATES: Julia Mancuso in black, Laurenne Ross in vivid green, uniforms by Spyder. The green was kind of fun but I am hoping new uniforms have a more patriotic look. I do have to give the USST and Spyder a nod for infusing inherently uptight uniforms with a sense of relaxed American mountain lifestyle.
ITALY, ARGENTINA: Bold letters in black and white clearly identify these teams in uniforms by Kappa. Nadia Fanchini of Italy at left. I quite like the graphic impact and utility of this strong look, especially Argentina’s stylized execution.
AUSTRIA: Anna Fenninger in bright blue, Michaela Kirchgasser in white, outerwear by Schöffel. The Austrian kit, like the team itself, is very strong and a contender for the best – distinctive and refined, powerful and wearable colors, complementary variety, consistent interesting themes and details, well merchandised and executed. The back of the blue jacket is emblazoned with the claim Power Team, true enough!
With the Sölden FIS World Cup ski races kicking off the new season in just a few days, here is one last peek at some national team uniforms from 2013. I am always curious to see if and how much teams change their kits year to year. From early season training photos, I have seen a little new but much of the same from last season. With 2014 being an Olympic year, there will be no shortage of new uniforms to be revealed!
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.
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.
Malcolm Milne of Australia going for it in a striped Mossant Sport of France jacket.
2/27/1974 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!
On travel for work, I write from Miami where I am feeling more than a little out of my element. I definitely am more at home soaking up the sun on snow than sand. Either way you prefer, summer is officially here — hope you are having a good one!
One good thing about residing in the Nutmeg State is proximity to both Brimfield and the reliable Elephant’s Trunk flea market. Sunday’s visit turned up an assortment of small items. These Italy travel brochures from the late 1930’s were definitely the find of the day! Gorgeous illustrated covers in rich colors and large magazine format should I decide to frame. As always, happy to find images that I have not seen before.