Not a lot to tell. I was in europe with coaches and 3 other canadian kids racing/watching/training. Got to see Roland Columbin win in 1974, Gustav Thoeni won the SL. Started some training sessions on the SL hill ganderslang??(sp?), but ended up high across the way on the Horn where the snow was harder. Got to ski with some heros of mine on the team.
Slipping and "scoping" the strief just before the training starts began was a kick...it is far longer, far steeper and far harder than it appears on tv. The right hand to the catwalk coming out of the Stelhang is way off camber and tight, it has since been widened and slowed down with better fencing than when Brian Stemmle tried to tear himself in half years ago. When I was there it hadn't been changed. Even then the guys where doing a kind of high speed white pass on the inside ski, hoping to settle to the outside, track (really, actively sliding their turning foot forward) hoping to glide as soon as possible. Trying to slip this, I remember, I kept slipping latterally and could barely track...at like 15 miles per!
I did drop a half tuck on the great traverse out of the Hausberg area, the Ouoerfahrt(?) real sketchy stuff even if your not exhausted. Maier crashed there a few ago. The setup for the press jump into the zeal shuss is cool to watch...a real trick right that tend to rut out...it is where Todd Brooker ended his career.
Oh yeah...there was the Old snow alten shneisse area above the hausberg where they made a coupla sweepers, and I actually made some tentitive turns there. Now, from what I understand the speeds coming into there from the glide have sped up so much in recent years, they have added or rounded the turns alot. The one place I wanted to but didn't get was the start haus...which is like a shrine...and a place more than one has stained the suit.
So that is it...I later (two yrs) got to start two Euro's (slalom), both half run wonders, but I will always remember the stay in Kitz.
Later on I again ran Whistler, L. Louise and some others, in '88 coaching in Panorama I ran the DH, SG there, but none of that scared me like slipping the rooster comb....could be the age I was, or the myth or the aura, or the fact that I couldn' open my eyes.
Boring huh...that's what my 6 year old says too!