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St. Moritz: Skeleton

skeleton racing st moritz switzerland vintage bobsled

Olympic skeleton racing concludes today.  I know nothing about the sport other than it looks both insane and incredibly cool.  Last summer, I found this vintage photo — when else will I have a relevant occasion to share it!

Some cursory research informed me that St. Moritz, Switzerland is the birthplace of skeleton racing.  The head-first position was first used in 1887, a variation on the established sports of bobsled, luge and Cresta sledding.  Note the embossed Kulm St. Moritz, of the famous hotel integral to the history of this and apparently many other winter sports.

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FIS World Cup: St. Moritz

st moritz switzerland suvrettahaus hotel vintage antique postcard ski skateThe women of FIS Alpine World Cup will be racing in the Swiss Alps at St. Moritz this weekend, a mix of speed and tech:  Super G on Saturday, Giant Slalom on Sunday.  The tony and elegant resort town sounds like a lovely place to be this holiday time of year!  Pictured here in a vintage postcard, the exclusive and iconic Suvretta House hotel.

Men’s World Cup has a technical weekend at Val D’Isere, France with Giant Slalom on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday.

Mobile apps by FIS, Longines and Ski Racing Magazine make it easy to follow live racing action.

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Wax Room: First Tune of the Season

1974 alpine ski world championships st moritz switzerland rossignol was room2/3/1974 Press Photo:  The alpine ski world championships in St. Moritz have to change their program for the downhill race for men had to be postponed, the bad weather did not allow the necessary pre-race training on the run.  So these fast men on their narrow woods have to wait for sun.  Top favorite Roland Collombin (right) and his friend Philippe Roux bring their skis for waxing to Swiss wax-expert Paul Berlinger (left).

Tonight I arrived home to the smell of ski wax – yes!  I consider myself fortunate that my husband tunes a mean ski.  We probably have another week or two until we are on snow but our skis are ready!

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Olympic Uniforms: 1948 U.S. Women’s Ski Team

us women's ski team 1948 olympics st moritz fraser mead rytting1/31/1948 Press Photo:  OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN IN ST. MORITZ.  The United States women’s ski team, wearing for the first time their light grey Olympic suits.
Team members L-R:  Gretchen Fraser, Paula Kaan, Dodie Post, unidentified, Brynhild Grasmoen, Andrea Mead, Ruth Marie Steward, Suzy Harris Rytting, Ann Wynn.

At St. Moritz, Gretchen Fraser won the gold medal in Slalom and the silver medal in Combined.  Andrea Mead was only fifteen years old at this, her first Olympics.  Four years later at Oslo, she won both the Giant Slalom and Slalom and remains the only American skier to have won two gold medals in a single Olympics.  With the strength of the current U.S. Alpine Ski Team, I would not be surprised to see this remarkable record finally broken at the 2014 games.  And I look forward to see what the team will be wearing at Sochi – on the hill and on the podium.

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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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Skiing Royals

With all the excitement this week about the royal baby’s arrival – here are some skiing royals:

princess alexandria greece ski st moritz vintage 19391/7/1939 Press Photo:  St. Moritz, Switzerland. . . Escorted by the Marquis of Milford Haven, Princess Alexandria of Greece, Royal Coat of Arms embroidered on her ski jacket, is shown setting out for a ski jaunt at St. Moritz, where the society winter season is now in full swing.  Truly an INCREDIBLE jacket!

queen farah iran vintage ski19622/25/1962 AP Press Photo:  In skiing, there’s an unwritten rule:  Women must carry their own equipment.  Iran’s Queen Farah is no exception.  She happily carries her skis to the slope of Abe-Ail resort near Theran for an outing with her sports-loving husband, the Shah of Iran.

princess caroline monaco ski vintagePress Photo by Göksin Sipahioglu , date unknown:  Princess Caroline of Monaco

princess caroline stephanie monaco ski3/3/1977 Press Photo:  Twenty-year-old Princess Caroline and twelve-year-old Princess Stéphanie ski in the Berner Oberland, Switzerland.  I can’t get enough of Caroline’s tomboy style:  graphic sweatshirt from Tournier Sports Monaco paired with Ellesse Jet Pants!

di-charles-skiAnd of course. . . HRH Prince George of Cambridge’s grandparents, Charles and Di.

I think it is safe to assume that the newest little royal will follow in the tracks of his family and in a few years be skiing the slopes of Davos Klosters and the like.

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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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