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From dept of little known facts and useless information.

 

FACT------The first Olympic Alpine skiing medal  won by Austria was on skis made in USA..

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OK, I'll bite.  How did Trude Jochum-Beiser   use skis manufactured the USA in the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics?  Howard Head didn't even invent his first ski until 1948.  Hartvig (HART) Holmberg didn't even open his carpentry shop until 1943 and I doubt anyone in Austria even heard of him.  OK then, what skis did she use?

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Oops  Overlooked the womens race, should have added "Mens Downhill"

Actually a silver medal in the downhill won by Franz Gabl skiing on skis

sent to him by Tony Matt who was instructing skiing in New England, USA.

He was sent 2 pairs of skis that were made of American hickory.

Hickory is not grown in Europe and it was at the time the best material for skis.

If I remember correctly the first Olympic downhill won on composite (Metal etc)

skis was won 1960 at Squaw by Vuarnet. On Head skis?????

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Actually the first alpine medal awarded was  to Franz Gabl

as the mens downhill was at 10 AM and the womens at 2:30 PM on 2 Feb 1948

And what brand of American skis was he using??????????

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Northland

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Originally Posted by dewdew View Post

Oops  Overlooked the womens race, should have added "Mens Downhill"

Actually a silver medal in the downhill won by Franz Gabl skiing on skis

sent to him by Tony Matt who was instructing skiing in New England, USA.

He was sent 2 pairs of skis that were made of American hickory.

Hickory is not grown in Europe and it was at the time the best material for skis.

If I remember correctly the first Olympic downhill won on composite (Metal etc)

skis was won 1960 at Squaw by Vuarnet. On Head skis?????

More useless information:

 

Hickory was also the best material for golf club shafts.  Even though steel shafts were around for a while (particularly in the USA) the Royal & Ancient waited until 1930 to allow them in competitive play.  Some think the reason was the lack of good second-growth hickory (the cheaper newer stuff warped), while other attribute the 1930 change to the Prince of Wales playing steel shafts a year earlier.  What can't be disputed is that most of the best hickory was going into golf club shafts and skis. (for the few that skied).  

 

The "step-down" steel shaft that True Temper invented in 1928 is very similar to what a lot of us play today.  Skis still use wood cores, and finding the best wood for them is reportedly getting more difficult.
 

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Northland is the correct name.

Franz told me that the skis sent to him by Tony Matt were a little stiff

so he shaved them down to soften them a bit.

I asked if he still had the skis but he sadly said he had sold them

long ago.

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Vuarnet won the 1960 DH gold medal at Squaw on Rossignol metal skis, Allais 60, I think.

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