On the eve of their takeoff for pre-Olympic ski meets in Europe, two U.S. Olympic team members, Jim Barrows and Dennis McCoy, entered the wind tunnel at Colorado State University for some space-age testing. They zipped themselves into the two downhill racing suits that had been especially made for the team and tried to determine which had less drag and more comfort at the high speed and in the exaggerated posture of a downhill tuck. In winds of 60 mph, the drag factor on the racers was almost equal. However, the navy suit, worn by Barrows, had an edge in comfort. It is made by the Head Ski and Sports Wear Company of a new Swiss fabric that is unusually warm and stretches two ways. Superbly tailored, with cartridge quilt padding at back and kidney, it fits like skin. The silver suit, worn by McCoy, was made for the team by former Racer Douglas Burden. The expanded-vinyl fabric stretches one way only—but knit inserts take up the slack. It is not as warm nor does it fit as well as the Head suit—but it has one extra thing going for it: the astronaut gleam of its metallized finish makes it look as fast as Jean-Claude Killy. The one-piece racing suits on the previous pages undoubtedly will influence the ski wardrobes of the future. Meanwhile, another ski offspring, the turtleneck, has become the fashion of the moment. The silk or heavy-wool turtleneck of today, a far cry from ski underwear, is being worn both with dinner jackets and rugged outdoor clothes. It is threatening the necktie men with bankruptcy, driving head-waiters berserk and putting men into a whole new shape of comfortable sports clothes. The U.S. Olympic parade uniform (above) consists of a side-buttoned, collarless jacket designed specifically to go over a turtleneck, as were the Cardin jacket and the sweater at right. Another result of turtleneck popularity is the fitted Nehru jacket. The Hindu simplicity of its cut is meant to complement the high-necked comfort of the turtle and represents a radical change in the shape of jackets men wear—the tossing away of the classic coat lapel. This winter jackets, sweaters and turtlenecks like those shown here (all were photographed at Vail) will begin to replace those old after-ski male standbys, tweed sports jackets and brass-buttoned blazers worn with shirts and ties.
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Dec. 18, 1967
- By Tom C. Brody
Larry Mahan is the apotheosis of the new breed of rodeo cowboys: a fine athlete and careful businessman. Last week this combination helped him become Ail-Around Champion and the world's wealthiest buckaroo
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