Feb. 28, 1955
Feb. 28, 1955

Table of Contents
Feb. 28, 1955

Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

Under 21
Santa Anita Derby
Horse Racing
  • Professional basketball—sampled here in full-color action—may look like chaos, but it calls for fluid variations as precise and calculated as the mathematics of a Bach fugue

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Sport In Art
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
Golf's Green Pastures
Motor Sports
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over


The accident which on January 30 came to Jill Kinmont, holder of the women's National Junior and Senior slalom titles, was among the saddest in sports history. As most of our readers know, Jill lost control during her run in the Snow Cup giant slalom at Alta, Utah, when she hit an icy bump too fast, sailed many feet into the air, hit a tree, a spectator, and finally came to a stop, paralyzed and insensitive from the neck down.

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Alta ski patrolmen were among the first to reach the fallen skier. Olympic Champion Andrea Mead Lawrence, who had made her own run earlier in the race, watched Jill's crash with horror, joined her as she was being lifted into the ambulance and went with her to the Salt Lake City Hospital. Later in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Lawrence recounted the story to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Assistant Managing Editor Dick Johnston and spoke of the courage and uncomplaining stoicism with which this young champion, even in shock, faced quite quickly the truth and seriousness of her mishap.

Jill Kinmont has been in the hospital ever since. The first few days, of life or death, have fortunately passed. Her hospitalization, however, will be long and costly. Now the question remains whether Jill will ever regain control of those bodily skills which led this country's experts to regard her chances for success in the Winter Olympics with such high hopes.

Immediately after the accident, readers of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED from all over the nation began writing to express their sympathy and to inquire if a fund existed to defray Jill's medical expenses.

The fund exists, organized by the Far West Ski Association. Contributions may be sent to the Jill Kinmont Fund, Far West Ski Association, Executive Offices, Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, California.

When she learned of the drive, Jill asked that any amount received beyond that necessary for her care be donated to the Olympic Games Fund. According to all the reports, that request seems to me most characteristic of a most optimistic and courageous young lady.