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USA: Happy Independence Day!

vail colorado 1989 fis alpine ski world championships american flag isaThere could not be a better time to resurrect this patriotic image, long ago clipped from the newsprint of a February 1989 weekly issue of Ski Racing. Vail, Colorado hosted the 1989 FIS Alpine World Championships as the resort will again in February 2015.  Click here to follow the countdown to ski racing’s biggest event. . .

As for today. . . Happy Fourth of July!  Enjoy the holiday and as always, go USA!

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Tamara McKinney 9: Mikaela Shiffrin 7

tamara mckinney ski race racer val disere france time magazine 1984 olympicsTamara McKinney in Time magazine, January 30, 1984, photo by Yarbrough-Team Russell.

tamara mckinney ski race aspen winternational colorado World Cup giant slalom action at the Aspen Winternational.

tamara mckinney ski race racer vail giant slalom rossignol descenteMarch 12, 1983 Press Photo:  VAIL, COLO:  USA’s Tamara McKinney takes a gate during the first run of Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom.  McKinney had the second best time of 1:11:59, only 0.01 second behind teammate Cindy Nelson.  McKinney is attempting to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Championship.  UPI jm/Pat Benic

Tamara’s signature bunny hat was made by her sister who sells specialty knit goods through her Kentucky-based company, Ouisha.

tamara mckinney us ski team athlete olympics 1984Training for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  ABC press photo.

With Mikaela Shiffrin’s win at Flachau yesterday, she has racked up seven World Cup slalom wins – quickly gaining on Tamara McKinney’s nine victories, the record for any American woman in slalom.

Tamara McKinney was my first ski hero.  Her small stature but aggressive style coupled with her girl-next-door image and trusty Rossignol skis offered a strong, female role model in the sport.  Her racing accomplishments include being the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title, two Giant Slalom titles, a Slalom title, multiple World Championship medals and a long list of career wins and podiums.  She is a legend without question.

My husband and I have been devout followers of Mikaela Shiffrin — her stunning talent and rapid ascent — since we watched her win the slalom at the 2010 J-III Junior Olympics when she was 15.  We had heard the hype but it wasn’t until we witnessed her runs that we truly grasped what this young girl could mean to the world of ski racing.  Amazed by her performance, I began referring to her as “Magic Girl”.  I was thrilled to be present to watch her win the slalom title at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria last winter.

So, with that, it is bittersweet for me to watch Mikaela gain on Tamara’s slalom record in record time!

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JUST DO IT: Picabo Street

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageThe wind howls because it knows it has to race me.  Just do it.

picabo street downhill ski racer nike just do it ad vintageMademoiselle, April 1996

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike adWhat is it you want in this world?  What would leave you satisfied?

Picabo Street is never, ever satisfied.  She’ll ski down one mountain.  And then find a higher one.  She’ll ski down a river.  And then find a lake.  She’ll ride mountain bikes.  She’ll go skating.  She’ll be fast.  Furious.  Unafraid.  Because what is it she wants in the world?  Everything.

picabo street ski racer nike just do it mountain bike ad vintageTrees should duck.  Rocks, cower.  Anything soft and low should learn what is hard.  We have come into the mountains because they would not come to us.  And then we move them.  Just do it.

Women’s Sports + Fitness, October 1995

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Racer On Course: Ski Timing by Longines

annemarie moser-proell austria ski race vail colorado 1974 longines3/21/1974 Press Photo:  AnneMarie Moser-Proell, left, Austrian star, gets some last-minute instructions from her coach before leaving the starting gate in the Nations’ World Series of Skiing at Vail.

Besides my obvious excitement over ski racing legend Annemarie Moser-Proell’s bib number, it is worth pointing out Longines’ commitment to ski racing.  Nearly four decades after this photo, the Swiss luxury watch maker remains the official timekeeper of Alpine Ski World Cup.  Longines’ history with ski racing dates back to 1933 and maintains vitality with sponsorship of ski champion Aksel Lund Svindal and the Rising Ski Star awards.  The brand offers an excellent mobile app offering live timing, news and information, check out Longines Live Alpine Skiing.

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US Open Exits Vermont for Colorado

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Scanned Photo:  Transworld Snowboarding, 1997

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships kicked off today in Vail, Colorado.  After 30 years, the Open has left its Vermont roots, trading Stratton for the larger venue of Vail.  I suppose it represents progress for the sport, but am sad to see the event leave the state where it was born and cultivated.

Needless to say, Vermont is steeped in snowboard heritage and has produced more than its fair share of world-class riders.  In honor of the state’s role in snowboard history and culture, here is my favorite image of my favorite Vermont rider, Betsy Shaw:  many time US Open competitor, World Champion, Olympian, all-around hero.

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