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THE QUESTION: What is the most exacting kind of skiing?

Jan. 12, 1959
Jan. 12, 1959

Table of Contents
Jan. 12, 1959

Table of Contents
Davis Cup
  • By William F. Talbert

    That was the verdict on Alex (The Chief) Olmedo, the happy young Peruvian shown on the opposite page, after his brilliant tennis recaptured the Davis Cup for the U.S.

Spectacle
Wonderful World Of Sport
Andy Bathgate
Food
On Field And Campus
Golf
Tip From The Top
Sporting Look
  • By Jo Ahern Zill

    Polly Hornburg has so successfully crystallized an idyllic way of life in her designs that now she is known far beyond her native Bermuda

Irish Hunt
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

THE QUESTION: What is the most exacting kind of skiing?

ART DEVLIN
Lake Placid, N.Y.
Four-time national champion
Jumping. Time is the only thing that matters in the other events, whereas in jumping, you are judged by style and distance. Style is just as important as distance, and a skier can have the longest jumps and still lose.

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MRS. SALLY PABST
Manchester, Vt.
Wife of Bromley area owner
The slalom, the giant slalom and the jumping event, of course, all require skill but the slalom is the most exacting. It's practically precision all the way. The giant slalom is more of a controlled downhill with the gates farther apart.

ALTON C. MELVILLE
Salt Lake City, Utah
President, National Ski Assn.
Although the downhill is the most daring, the slalom is the most exacting because it requires more rhythm, timing, technical skill and strength. Jumping is second from the viewpoint of skill, and the cross-country the most exacting for endurance.

RALPH MILLER
Hanover, N.H.
Olympic skier
The downhill. You have to make judgments during the race. In the other events you have a better idea of the conditions you're faced with. You travel faster in the downhill and you don't see the course the day of the race.

TILA UNCEIN
Maracaibo, Venezuela
My parents and I used to ski in Canada every winter. I found the cross-country more exacting, although I have never tried jumping. To win in the cross-country, you must be very expert, and you also have to be in excellent condition.

MARION WHITING
Portland, Ore.
President, Pacific Northwestern Ski Assn.
The slalom. It requires a greater degree of sustained precision as opposed to a high degree of precision at certain parts of jumping competition, where your timing must be exact at the takeoff and the coordination must be perfect in landing.

GORDON WREN
Reno
Director, Sky Tavern Ski School
I jumped in the Olympics, but I think the slalom is more exacting. It takes sharper training and more conditioning. The top athletes come out stronger in the slalom. I've seen some skiers "luck out" against better men in jumping.

OLAV ULLAND
Seattle
Coach, U.S. Olympic jumping team
The takeoff for the jump. You're going 50-60 miles an hour and you must hit your spring on a few inches to get maximum distance. Next, though the slalom is precise, the cross-country is more exacting because of the physical strain.

NINE PHOTOS

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CHIEF INTO SUPERCHIEF

By William F. Talbert