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Lindsey Vonn: In Vogue

lindsey vonn vogue magazine august 2013 ski ski racer

Off to the Races:  Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn.  In the August issue of Vogue magazine:  read the article by Jonathan Van Meter, see the fabulous photos by Annie Leibovitz.

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Rolex: Tamara & Lindsey

tamara mckinney ski rolexxlindsey vonn ski rolex adBefore Lindsey Vonn, Tamara McKinney was the “winningest American woman in ski racing history”.  Rolex luxury watches gives their support to the best:  Tamara then, Lindsey now.

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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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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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Laurenne Ross Earns First World Cup Podium

020862©anapolitano2013Photo of Laurenne from Schladming 2013 Women’s Super Combined 2/8/13.

Laurenne Ross took second place today in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Downhill.  Congratulations to Laurenne on her best World Cup finish; as well to the entire U.S. Women’s speed team for putting every member on the podium this season!

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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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First World Cup Victory for Tina Weirather

tina weirather win garmischCongratulations to Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein on her first-ever World Cup win today in the Super G at Garmisch-Partenkirchen!  Julia Mancuso and Tina Maze tied for second place.  Rooting for Julia in her quest of the SG title.

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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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