Pattie Formichelli, 16-year-old Berkeley (Calif.) High School unknown, trained for a Squaw Valley ski meet by playing tennis, then slid through the 30-gate slalom in a fast 48.8 seconds to upset Olympic veterans Joan Hannah (by .4) and Linda Meyers (.5).
Jack Kerr, 39, a Seattle skin-diver, wrestled with an 89-pound, 14½-foot octopus for nearly an hour in Puget Sound, stuffed the captive into a plastic bag and then presented the dripping bundle, alive, to the Seattle Marine Aquarium, a world record catch.
Doug Robinson, 22, lanky rookie left wing for the Buffalo Bisons, has helped his team into a commanding lead in the American Hockey League standings by scoring 22 goals in 38 games, a performance that included a seven-goal spurt in two successive contests.
James Pflueger, 36, Honolulu salesman who spent three years trying to reach the top of Hawaii's 13,784-foot Mauna Kea by car, finally did. He even coaxed his red jeep up the final 800-foot cinder cone with its 40-degree pitch, making the grade in six hours.
Eleanor (Sissy) Thurman, 28, guided her horse, Blackie, around three barrels seven times in a fast 125.4 seconds in the Dallas Cotton Bowl rodeo, to win the women's national barrel racing title, her biggest win in 10 years of big-time rodeo riding.
Kermit Zarley Jr., of the University of Houston, accomplished a rare double win in the NCAA golf championships, helping his team take the medal and winning the individual match title. For this, plus four other wins, he was voted topcollege player for 1962.