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Sochi 2014: Women’s Slalom

I am particularly excited for (and anxious about) the women’s Olympic slalom race – mostly due to Mikaela Shiffrin and the very realistic chance that she could win Olympic gold.  Thankfully, this is a night race in Russia which means we in the USA can easily catch the first run live in the morning (7:45 am EST) – only hours away.  Now it’s just that pesky 11:00 am meeting I have to do something about.  Don’t think I can bear to miss the conclusive second run. . .

mikaela shiffrin slalom world champion 2013 schladming austria atomic skisMikaela winning the 2013 Slalom World Championship, photos taken at Schladming, Austria.  She went on to win the 2013 FIS Slalom Title at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.  Could Olympic gold be next?

Olympic slalom champions throughout the years:
1948 St. Moritz, Switzerland – Gretchen Fraser, USA
1952 Oslo, Norway – Andrea Mead Lawrence, USA
1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – Renée Colliard, Switzerland
1960 Squaw Valley, USA – Anne Heggtveit, Canada
1964 Innsbruck, Austria – Christine Goitschel, France
1968 Grenoble, France – Marielle Goitschel, France
1972 Sapporo, Japan – Barbara Ann Cochran, USA
1976 Innsbruck, Austria – Rosi Mittermaier, West Germany
1980 Lake Placid, USA —  Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein
1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia – Paoletta Magoni, Italy
1988 Calgary, Canada — Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1992 Albertville, France – Petra Kronberger, Austria
1994 Lillehammer, Norway – Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1998 Nagano, Japan – Hilde Gerg, Germany
2002 Salt Lake City, USA – Janica Kostelic, Croatia
2006 Torino, Italy – Anja Pärson, Sweden
2010 Vancouver, Canada – Maria Riesch, Germany
2014 Sochi, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin, USA

andrea mead lawrence olympics oslo 1952 gold medal slalom2/19/1952 AP Photo:  Andrea Mead Lawrence, U.S. women’s ski star from Rutland, Vt., holds up the gold medal she received in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.  The medal was the Olympic award for her victory in the women’s giant slalom at the opening of the Winter Olympics last week.  One day following this photo, Andrea would go on to win a second gold in slalom.

betsy snite 1960 winter olympics squaw valley california slalom silver medal2/10/1960 AP Photo:  HAPPY BETSY ZOOMS DOWN SLOPE – You can tell from Betsy Snite’s expression that she’s happy to get in her first practice run down Papoose Mountain today since coming to Squaw Valley, Calif., to get ready for the Winter Olympic games.  Betsy, of Norwich, Vt., is an experienced international competitor rated a good prospect to win a medal for Uncle Sam.  Betsy Snite won slalom silver at these Olympics.

barbi henneberger 1964 innsbruck austria olympics bronze squaw valley slalomBarbi Henneberger of West Germany followed Snite with bronze in the 1960 Squaw Valley slalom.  1/25/1964 AP Photo:  AWAITS OLYMPICS OPENING – This is Barbi Henneberger, a young German skier.  She is one of many girl skiers gathered at Innsbruck, Austria for the winter Olympic games which begin on Wednesday.  Barbi won a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics.

barbara ann cochran val gardena italy ski slalom richmond vermont2/13/1970 AP Photo:  Val Gardena, Italy – Barbara Cochran of Richmond, Vt., curls around one of the 60 gates to give United States its first silver medal of this world alpine ski championships, here today.  She placed second in the women’s special slalom, won by France’s Ingrid Lafforgue.  Two years later, Barbara won the slalom at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.

rosi mittermaier germany champion world cup olympics innsbruck 1976 gold medalRosi Mittermaier of Germany wears her three Olympic medals earned in 1976 at Innsbruck, Austria.  The haul includes gold medals for slalom and downhill, a silver medal for giant slalom.  For Sochi 2014, it is the men’s slalom that is important to Rosi as favorite Felix Neureuther is her son.

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Instagram is visual, inspiring, fast and fun! The simplicity and ease of Instagram allows me to publish new images every day.  And being a mobile app, it is easy to post on-the-go.  I am excited to have a means to post quickly and more frequently to supplement the AlpineStyle56 blog with additional relevant content.

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Slope Style: Coming Soon. . .

ski colorblock style outerwear park planai schladming austriaCheery colorblocking seen in the park at Planai – Schladming, Austria.

kjus nahla down jacket ski burkeMJ in her Kjus Nahla Down Jacket.  The trademark contrast zipper around the hood perimeter is brilliant!

poc helmet goggles skida ski color burke vermontLots of POC color popping against black and the blue sky.

bogner germany jacket jet set star pants switzerland luxury ski apparelA rare sighting in the Northeast Kingdom – luxury ski wear.  Bogner jacket and Jet Set pants.

burton snowboards jacket classic anorak ski skier burke vermontSkiers like classic Burton, too.

steve mahon face mask burke terrain park manager made in usaSteve Mahon, Burke Terrain Park Manager and founder of FACE facemasks, looks good and at ease in Husqvarna protective chaps.

vintage ski suit elho freestyle neon yellow greenElho Freestyle suit, a 1980s gem in all its neon glory.

Ski season has arrived in the Northeast and Thanksgiving should be a pretty good day on the slopes!  I am looking forward to another winter of seeing what apparel and accessories people are wearing and more interestingly – the style element of how they put it together and carry it off.  New, original style photos are coming soon. . . until then, here are a few shots from last winter.  Enjoy the holiday!

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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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Julia Mancuso’s Houdini Skirt

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houdini_sleepwalkerSkirt photo via Houdini

I instantly fell for this fantastic tri-color skirt worn by Julia Mancuso after her runs in Schladming.  The Swedish brand Houdini is responsible for this skirt named Sleepwalker.  It is perfect to throw on over a speed suit — or more pedestrian garments such as base layer or ski pants.

By far, this is my favorite of the insulated skirts I have seen – the relaxed silhouette looks extra cozy and the styling is the hippest with a little more sass than all the others.  Speaking of sass, Julia is never short on style and effortlessly owned this look.

Over the past several years, nearly everything I have found inspiring — and appealing to buy and wear myself – has been of Swedish design:  Peak Performance, Hestra, Dr. Zipe and now Houdini.  I like what I see and am excited to have a new apparel brand to follow.  The Sleepwalker skirt is sold out this season – but will be on the top of my list next winter!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Slalom, Marlies Returns

021637©anapolitano201335,000 ski fans, mostly Austrian, do not mess around.

021644©anapolitano2013x021647©anapolitano2013Slalom-slayer, fan favorite and defending World Champion, Marlies Schild of Austria returns after injury to a 9th place finish.

021633©anapolitano2013x021667©anapolitano2013Mikaela Shiffrin after her first run, soon to be the new World Champion.

021636©anapolitano2013Inspection, 2nd run.

021663©anapolitano2013Resi Stiegler of USA, very happy with her 2nd run.

021664©anapolitano2013Lena Duerr of Germany.

021638©anapolitano2013Overall World Cup leader, Tina Maze of Slovenia ended the day in 5th place.

021662©anapolitano2013Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria celebrates her blazing second run and silver medal.

021680©anapolitano2013Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria, 2nd place.  Mikaela Shiffrin of USA, 1st place.  Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, 3rd place.

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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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