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Olympians at CMH: A look back

  
  
  

If you have been watching any of the ski racing from the 2010 games you have seen Aksel Svindal from Norway win a couple of medals.  Aksel skied at CMH Adamants two years ago and can be seen in the movie "Eyes Wide Open"...no surprise...he can flat out ski. Men and women who have raced at the highest levels can turn a ski in any condition. It is always humbling to ski with them.

Aksel continues a long history of Olympians skiing at CMH. Benni Raich, Marlies Schild, Ingemar Stenmark, Phil and Steve Mahre, Franz Klammer and Steve Podborski just to name a very small few.  As we were digging through some of the great historical ski footage we have here at CMH for the Warren Miller film segment, we came across this gem: Billy Kidd and Karl Schranz skiing with Leo in the Bugaboos.  This was from the American TV show American Sportsman hosted by Curt Gowdy.  This is pure gold!

Comments

Only the ski clothing and the technique have changed - the description of seeing those mountains for the first time and the feeling never change and never leave you! Thanks for sharing that clip!
Posted @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 3:21 PM by Tracy
Sweet vintage video! Looks amazing.
Posted @ Friday, February 26, 2010 11:13 AM by CdnJake
Should have mentioned gold Medal Olympian Jonny Moseley that skied at the Gothics this year with Warren Miller crew
Posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 11:46 AM by Robert Efaw
Hi Bob- I was thinking about Jonny (I skied with him on the WME shoot) but in the interest of space I only listed a very few...Marty and I were throwing out all the names of Olympians who have skied with us and it goes on and on. CMH is a good place to hit the reset button after the pressure of world cup racing.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 11:56 AM by Mark Piquette
Aksel was at the Adamants in April, 2009, and so was Leo.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:26 PM by Roy
This video is a treasure. Having skied with Leo in the Bugaboos and with Billy Kidd at Stowe, all the more so for me. Thanks for posting it!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 2:00 PM by Gordon Taylor
I actually heard back from Billy that he remembers skiing and doing the segment for TV...but had actually never seen it until now...cool.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 2:25 PM by Mark Piquette
Another cool bit of trivia on this...one of the film crew for this was Paul Ryan who went on to be the cinematographer for Robert Redford on "A River Runs Through It" and "The Horse Whisper".
Posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 2:31 PM by Mark Piquette
As director of the piece,I remember that Cameramen Paul Ryan and Edgar Boyles.....as well as myself....were carried about 1/2 mile in an avalanche that we all survived through luck alone. Not necessarily the way I want to remember the experience......but inevitable. We are all still walking around.....and still shooting.
Posted @ Thursday, March 04, 2010 9:19 AM by Scott Ransom
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