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Interesting side note; about 5 or 6 years ago I was at Mount Sunapee, NH around Christmas time, and I'd gotten the Fischers out of mothballs. There was a very sweet German lady and her two kids pulling their boots on just down the bench...she stared for a moment at the 223cm dayglo-orange RC4's towering against the wall next to me, and turned to her young kids. She said "Look closely...those are Franz Klammer skis..." The kids both looked at them, and she went on; "if you see that man coming down the hill, stay out of his way!" I'll never forget it!

 

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Interesting side note; about 5 or 6 years ago I was at Mount Sunapee, NH around Christmas time, and I'd gotten the Fischers out of mothballs. There was a very sweet German lady and her two kids pulling their boots on just down the bench...she stared for a moment at the 223cm dayglo-orange RC4's towering against the wall next to me, and turned to her young kids. She said "Look closely...those are Franz Klammer skis..." The kids both looked at them, and she went on; "if you see that man coming down the hill, stay out of his way!" I'll never forget it!

 


April 7, 2011

 

This illustrates perfectly the difference in popularity of ski racing in Europe and the more or less indifference shown to this event even by many passionate skiers in this countryfrown.gif.  5 or 6 years ago would have made it around 2005-2006, the Kaiser was racing in the mid 70s to mid 80s, twenty years past.  How many on this forum know who were the great male and female US ski racers, racing roughly during the same time framesmile.gif?  (by the way, both west coast skiers, although one of them was born on the east coast.  I don't want to start another which coast produces the best skiers war biggrin.gif)

 

Think snow,

 

CP

 

 

 

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I'm guessing it was Phil and Steve Mahre, but I've been out of the loop for a while! No wait...they were twins...kind of hard to be born on seperate coasts! Sorry! Bill Johnson? I tend to follow the DH specialists more!

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I'm guessing it was Phil and Steve Mahre, but I've been out of the loop for a while! No wait...they were twins...kind of hard to be born on seperate coasts! Sorry! Bill Johnson? I tend to follow the DH specialists more!


Hi deedsie:

 

Good on you for the Mahre brother reply. I have to admit that I forget Bill Johnson (1984 Olympic gold) though.  Not to belittle his achievement, Bill is not as long lived (ski racing wise) as Phil (the greatest US male ski race of all time).

 

I'm really impressed that the "sweet German lady" not only knew Franz but also recognized his skis.  Wow, now that is a die-hard fanicon14.gif.  The Mahres are known for racing on K2s and Tamara McKinney, the great US female racer of all time is known for racing on Rossi.

 

Think snow,

 

CP

 

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I do remember MR.  Franz Klammer - one of the very best..

 

And for one, one of the Fischer greatest!!!!!!!!!!!

Some people are either too young, or have a short memory. BTW I came from Europe......

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Tamara McKinney! There's one from the Way-Back Machine! As a kid I actually tried to find a pair of the old K2 "COMP-810 FO" DH skis that Phil and Steve made famous, but there was no chance! I know they did slalom and GS mostly (before that silly-ass "Super-G" crap began), but I believe that Phil, at least, skied DH on occasion; as I said I'm no expert, and at 42 my memory fades a bit more by the day!

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Why do you seem so detached from these skiers? your language (there's one) just feels like that. Tamara is an active member of a vital community, coaching, running her family business, raising a family. Just because she was once America's top female racer, doesn't give anyone the right to make lame references to her (or to the process of moving through one's life, ie aging and memory loss.) Your knowledge of the classic racing era seems scant at best. so you're posting up general drivel. nice.

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Why so sensitive Davluri?  Just trying to start yet another argument?

 

I didn't read anything in the above comments as in any way offensive to Tamara McKinney.

 

Now back to the discussion......I grew up watching and rooting for the Mahre brothers whenever I could catch them on TV!  I do think you're right and that they did ski DH early on in their WC careers.  I do remember them as mostly Slalom and GS skiers though.
 

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Why do you seem so detached from these skiers? your language (there's one) just feels like that. Tamara is an active member of a vital community, coaching, running her family business, raising a family. Just because she was once America's top female racer, doesn't give anyone the right to make lame references to her (or to the process of moving through one's life, ie aging and memory loss.) Your knowledge of the classic racing era seems scant at best. so you're posting up general drivel. nice.



 

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Ja... der Kaiser, Franz Klammer, was undefeated in downhill for almost two seasons, until the 1975 season when Canada's Crazy Canucks began their era of dominance on the World Cup downhill circuit, and which Patrick Lange, son of World Cup creator Serge Lange, refers to as the most exciting period in the history of the World Cup. 

 

Klammer lost his first race in two seasons, that year, to Ken Read (admittedly he DNF'd), but the following week at Schladming Klammer was crushed by Read's teammate Dave Irwin by close to 4 seconds.  If I'm not mistaken, Irwin's margin of victory in that race may still stand as the largest in World Cup history. Steve Podborski, another teammate, reached the podium 19 times in 20 races. Those were exciting times.  Any one of them could walk down a street in Europe today, over 30 years later, and still be recognized.

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Those crazy Canucks had a big influence on my skiing style for more than a few years.  "Tuck it all the way!"  Good times...

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This was one time when the nickname fit the individuals perfectly!  

 

I think the Crazy Canucks spent more time on one ski than on twoeek.gif  Maybe that's why they were faster, less friction on only one ski!

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