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Sochi Olympic Cauldron

After Sochi, What?

Pondering the environmental impact and future of the costly Winter Olympics. By John Fry The organization of the recent Sochi Olympics was superb, and it’s no historical exaggeration to say that the...

Sweet Success

From 1961 through 1967, the annual Bee Hive giant slalom competition attracted the world’s top professional racers to Canada.  By Caroline Forcier Holloway On March 7, 2014, the Georgian Peaks ski...

Globalization of the Olympics?

By John Allen Of 2,856 athletes competing from 88 countries at the Sochi Winter Games, seven came from six first timers: Malta, Paraguay, East Timor, Togo, Tonga, and Zimbabwe.  Outside of the luger...
Thorleif Haug, Chamonix 1924

The French Connection: The First Winter Games

How concern for the national health and military preparedness led France to build the infrastructure for Chamonix, 1924. By E. John B. Allen   The generation of men and women who took to recreational...
Franz Klammer, flying down the Innsbruck course in 1976

Olympic Memories

A veteran journalist on the world alpine racing circuit recalls moments of high drama—and humor—from the Winter Games. STORY BY PATRICK LANG   INNSBRUCK 1976 FRANZ KLAMMER’S RECKLESS GOLD-MEDAL RUN...
Lake Placid, 1932

Lake Placid, 1932

How the Olympics came to a sleepy Adirondack village By Morten Lund The fact that in 1932 an Olympics came to America at all is a story with a bit of a strangeness about it, not least of all, the...
Karl Schranz

Schranz vs. Brundage: The Olympic controversy for all time

An outraged IOC czar, an impenitent ski racer. Their loathing was mutual. BY JOHN FRY Prize money in a single World Cup race is now in six figures. Competitors openly negotiate contracts to promote...
Toni Sailer in 1956

Greatest Racers: Olympics sort out the best

Who are the greatest racers? Look to the Olympics for the skiers able to    conquer pressure.    By John Fry   With 48 homers and 130 runs batted in, New York Yankees third    baseman Alex Rodriguez...
Bode Miller explodes out of the starting gate

Bode Miller at the 2006 Olympics, and After

BODE: LOOKING BACK TO THE 2006 OLYMPICS By John Fry Even before they turned off the gas to the Olympic Winter Games flame at Turin, the celebration of the world’s most famous skier had become a roast...
Bode Miller in a modern ski helmet

Brain Trauma: Does the Sport Need to Change?

By John Fry The recent horrifying injury suffered by Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher -- not in a speeding race car, but when he was skiing between pistes on ungroomed snow in the...

Blakes Sell Taos

After 60 years in the Valley, the founding family moves on. The Blake family has sold Taos Ski Valley to hedge fund billionaire Louis Moore Bacon.  Bacon has already acquired the three acres of land...

Legend of Aahhh's

A new ski film by Greg Stump attempts to tell the history of the ski film. Seldom has a new ski movie been awaited as impatiently as Greg Stump’s Legend of Aahhh’s…at least not since skiers stood...
Andreas and Hanni Wenzel

Still Driven

Former World Cup superstars and siblings Andreas and Hanni Wenzel have found post-racing success in the business world. By Edith Thys Morgan Weg vom Computer raus in den Schnee.” That motto, which...

Ski Racing on TV - A History

More skiing is on TV than ever before, so why do most people think there’s less? Look to history for the answer. By John Fry (September 2008 issue of Skiing Heritage) While television viewing and the...

The 2011 Women’s World Cup Final: Justice Thwarted?

By John Fry The overall World Cup championship was to have been determined by a single giant slalom race, to be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 in the 4,921-foot high Swiss ski resort of...

Historic Year for Ski Jumping

2011 an historic year for ski jumping. By Seth Masia Ski Flying Record On Feb. 11, 2011 Johan Remen Evensen took advantage of the newly-enlarged Vikersund 225-meter ski-flying hill in Norway, to...

Stamp honors 150 years of Australian skiing

in 2011 the Australian post office issued three skiing and snowboarding stamps honoring the 150th anniversary of skiing in the Snowy Mountains. The 1859 Australian gold rush drew thousands of miners...

Breckenridge, Colorado ski resort

BY JANICE KURBJUN Trygve Berg recalls SUMMIT DAILY NEWS, Skiing pioneer Trygve Berge noticed quite a few changes. As he skied the fresh corduroy he’s come to enjoy, he pointed out that the soft,...

Sun Peaks, British Columbia

The 2011-12 ski season marked a half century for Sun Peaks Resort (formerly Tod Mountain), offering some of British Columbia’s most challenging inbounds skiing. The 3,678-acre ski area is 30 miles...

Didier Cuche: Farewell run in historic style

Didier Cuche, 37, who retired in 2012 after 17 years on the World Cup circuit, made a farewell run in 1930s-era gear, including leather boots and wooden skis with pre-Kandahar bindings. View: ...

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