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post #31 of 45

Wiki says "Downhill Racers was made into a film starring Robert Redford in 1969.[5]"

post #32 of 45

Heard a story on the radio today about the business of big time college football. Amongst other things they were discussing how essential "hostesses" are to insure top prospects will attend a particular school. "Hostesses" in this case being older (perhaps junior or senior) female students who escort the young male athletes around, and show em a good time, intimating intimacy. Made me think of the Camilla Sparv character in Downhill Racer, working for the ski manufacturer.

 

The ski gear has changed, for sure, but Downhill Racer got so many things right about human nature and the business of sports. It really is a great work, a timeless classic.

post #33 of 45

We just watched this from a Netflix rental the other day.  

 

Redford has gotten a few more wrinkles with age, but its remarkable how much he still looks like his younger self.

post #34 of 45
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Originally Posted by aubergine View Post

We just watched this from a Netflix rental the other day.  

Redford has gotten a few more wrinkles with age, but its remarkable how much he still looks like his younger self.

Sure. I look a lot like my younger self, too, but no one is marveling at that. wink.gif
post #35 of 45

His plastic surgeon thinks so too

post #36 of 45

Dunno about that...

 

 

The Sun-Dried Kid

post #37 of 45
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Dunno about that...

 

 

The Sun-Dried Kid

 

There is something so very unfortunate about that facelift.  

post #38 of 45

Read the Sun-Dried article - seems to have made his peace with the aging process. He's still very active and doing interesting stuff. Good role model, don'tcha think?

 

Hell, hope I'm doing that well at 77!  Thumbs Up

post #39 of 45

I saw Downhill racer in December of 1969 in a theater in Salt Lake City. I was participating in a race camp at Solitude with my Northern Division team mates. There were Intermountain Division racers at the camp as well. One of the Intermountain guys was skiing on a pair of the red Heads that he had been given by Redford. Only other thing I remember about the camp is that I was on a brand new pair of Fischer Alu DH skis that I found out in the fist training run I couldn't turn. Crashed and bent the crap out of them. The rest of my DH at that camp was on my 207 Statos. Scary stuff that was.

post #40 of 45

Cool story - thx for sharing it!  Thumbs Up

post #41 of 45

I second that. Cool story. Imagine, though, if today you'd bent your DHs and only had your SLs. The Stratos actually have a higher turn radius than modern DH skis with something in the 60s to 70s.

post #42 of 45
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post
 

I second that. Cool story. Imagine, though, if today you'd bent your DHs and only had your SLs. The Stratos actually have a higher turn radius than modern DH skis with something in the 60s to 70s.

 

I wouldn't even think of attempting it on todays SL skis.

post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

 It is on HBOFamily now. I'd love to see a remake of this classic. I couldn't imagine skiing at those speeds with that gear. 


That's the truth!  They play it on TCM from time to time.  I recorded it on disc from there.  Nice with on commercials.  The one thing is he is such an ass hole.  Then again it's just a movie.

post #44 of 45

I picked up a used paperback copy of The Downhill Racers. My cover is a little tamer than the one featured in post #27...

 

 

Totally different story than Redford's movie, although it's easy to see where he took some inspiration. The novel is a bit of a "Peyton Place on Snow" kind of a deal, but it was well written, and a lot of it is set at different ski areas and races around America, with some chunks of good racing detail woven into the overall story. Not surprising...

 

 

One of my favorite passages...

 

 

First published in 1963 - it was indeed a different time...

 

 

Good read, I enjoyed it. You might as well.

post #45 of 45

If you complete a short online survey you can download the full 1986 Warren Miller film "Beyond The Edge". It's in Quicktime format, and is about 1.2 Gig - took me about 12 minutes to download over a cable modem. The film has a segment with Warren Miller skiing with and interviewing Robert Redford at his place in Utah. Also some good Scot Schmidt and a guy on a monoski and Nava System boots.

 

If you're interested click here.

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