1/31/1948 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.