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Ski Legend: Andrea Mead Lawrence

andrea mead lawrence ski racer bad gastein austria 1952 winner giant slalomJanuary 27, 1952 Press Photo:  THE WINNER RELAXES – Andrea Mead Lawrence of Rutland, Vt., is shown taking things easy after posting another victory in a tuneup ski match for the Olympics.  The famed woman skier removes her goggles after winning the giant slalom at Bad Gastein, Austria.  She competed against the top women skiers from six nations.

Contrary to the description in the photo caption, I do not think Andrea Mead Lawrence is “taking things easy” — all I see is the look of the fiercely intense competitor.  Just weeks later, she went on to win two gold medals at the Winter Games in Oslo, Norway – the first and only American to win twice in a single Olympics.

It goes without saying that Andrea’s confidence brought the gorgeous US Ski Team uniform to life with mad style (and a remarkably tiny waist).  And let’s not forget the race sponsor, Pez – of candy dispenser fame – is an Austrian brand founded in Vienna.

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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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Last Look: 2013 National Team Uniforms

asksel lund svindal ski race norway uniformNORWAY:  Aksel Lund Svindal filling out his vibrant yellow speed suit and clean white and black outerwear by Phenix.

julia mancuso laurenne ross ski race usaUNITED 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.

maria hoefl riesch ski germany bogner milka pinkGERMANY:  Maria Hoefl-Riesch wears Bogner vivid pink outerwear and the snow tiger suit which is a long-standing tradition for the team.

nadia fanchini italy ski argentina race coach schladming 2013ITALY, 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.

tina maze slovenia ski world champion schladming uniform milkaSLOVENIA:  It’s a good thing World Champion Tina Maze carries herself with such presence because this uniform by Halti is a lot to pull off.

austria ski anna fenninger michi kirchgasser milkaAUSTRIA:  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!

ski race austria germany maria riesch puffy jacketPuffy Jackets:  Hannes Reichelt of Team Austria in black Schöffel.  Bogner male and female versions of team insulated outerwear; Maria Hoefl-Riesch again in pink.

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!

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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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H&M to Outfit the Swedish Olympic Team for Sochi 2014

hm_olympic_anjaparsonAnja Pärson and Viktoria Helgesson at the first fitting

Olympic and Paralympic collectionDavid Ekholm at the first fitting

Key looksPhotos & Sketches:  H&M via The Telegraph UK

Anja Pärson, a former alpine skier and multiple Olympic champion said that wearing clothes from a Swedish company “will strengthen the team, our team spirit and image to the outside world, especially when it is an internationally renowned brand like H&M.”

I am sure it will.  I am also sure I would like to see how Peak Performance would have tackled the design of uniforms, technical and casual, for their home country.  There is just too much exceptional sport and sport lifestyle product coming out of Sweden – I find it a bit disappointing to have a fashion brand land this prestigious endeavor.  (Though I can get on board with that sweater, sleeve stripes in particular.)  Sounds like H&M will provide opening and closing ceremony outfits and casual apparel – I will be curious to see what brand(s) provide the technical sport-specific uniforms.

Read the full article at The Telegraph UK.

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Super Combined, Hoefl-Riesch Wins!

02085©anapolitano2013Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany – 2013 Super Combined World Champion

02086©anapolitano2013Tina Maze, Slovenia – 2nd place

02087©anapolitano2013x02088©anapolitano2013x02089©anapolitano2013Nicole Hosp, Austria – 3rd place, overjoyed!

020710©anapolitano2013Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria – 4th place

02082©anapolitano2013Kathrin Zettel, Austria – 5th place

020877©anapolitano2013Julia Mancuso, USA – 8th place

020878©anapolitano2013x020812©anapolitano2013Tina Maze of Slovenia, 2nd place.  Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, 1st place.  Nicole Hosp of Austria, 3rd place.

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Subaru: Official Car of the 1977 US Ski Team

subaru official car us ski team 1977Today is definitely the day to share this vintage image – I am picking up my new 2012 Subaru tonight!

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Tools of the Trade

02122©anapolitano2012No matter how hammered, nor how much duct tape – I love the character, history and highly personalized nature of broken in gloves/ mitts.

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U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team Uniforms

020470©anapolitano2012Julia Mancuso at the Kreuzeckbahn before her DH start.

020476©anapolitano2012Laurenne Ross, ready to Shred.

020477©anapolitano2012Lindsey Vonn after winning the Garmisch Downhill.

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x020572©anapolitano2012Julia Mancuso waiting for her Garmisch Super G victory.

020574©anapolitano2012Laurenne Ross adding style with a pretty neck gaiter and gloves.

It is all about the pink polka dot jackets!  The vibrant color has moxie – it is both sweet and bold; the subtle pattern is enough but not too much; the silhouette is cozy and relaxed yet flattering, perfect over speed suits.

The U.S. uniforms appear to have a broad range of garments and looks within the annual kit, and are creatively reimagined year-to-year, not bound to traditional red/ white/ blue Americana.  As a designer, I would be interested to learn about the inspiration and athlete input that determines the creative direction, as well as see how all the pieces merchandise into a cohesive uniform system.

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Women’s World Cup Super G: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

020550©anapolitano2012Elena Curtoni of Italy in finished in 5th place.

020552©anapolitano2012Stripes for the Italian ski team by Kappa.

020551©anapolitano2012Kelly Vanderbeek of Canada in uniform by Spyder.

020554©anapolitano2012Julia Mancuso wins on the Kandahar!  Anna Fenninger of Austria, second; Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, third.

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