Charlie Langdon (My Turn," Herald, Feb. 14) expressed his opinions about American alpine skiing. Clearly, he does not
have the information base to write such a column.
Langdon offered opinions about something he knows little about - the 9th Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. He admits he
knew little about skiing then, and his opinions clearly show he has not increased his knowledge about our great
American alpine racing tradition.
For example, the American women's team arrived in Squaw Valley, not far behind the Europeans," but, far ahead of the
Europeans in the wake of winning five International FIS I races in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and in Lenzerheide and St.
Moritz, Switzerland. If you doubt what our status in international alpine skiing was in 1960 see the cover of Life and
the supporting article of Feb. 8, 1960.
The previous year, when the Olympic courses were tested by many of the world-class competitors who would compete in
1960, I won the slalom and the downhill. All of these races were equivalent to what now are World Cup races. (The World
Cup came into existence after 1964.)
As for the U.S. team having Buddy Werner and Jill Kinmont, they both were sidelined with injuries. Buddy broke his leg
in training, and Jill, my lifelong friend, was paralyzed as the result of a broken neck in 1955.
Results from Squaw Valley saw Penny Pitou win a silver in the downhill and giant slalom and Betsy Snite win a silver in
the slalom. Tom Corcoran finished fourth in the men's giant slalom.
This tradition of American alpine excellence started in Oslo in 1952 with Andrea Mead Lawrence, who is the only
American woman to win two gold medals in the same Olympic games. I, too, am watching the Vancouver Olympics and
cheering for another very strong American team.
Langdon should get his facts straight. His column was unnecessarily uncomplimentary to our great alpine skiing
tradition. He owes them an apology.
Linda Meyers Tikalsky, Olympic Team member 1960 and 1964, World Championship team member 1958 and 1962, Bayfield