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Skier of the Decade: Dick Durrance, 1930s

Skier of the Decade: Dick Durrance, 1930s
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Why American Dick Durrance was an exception to the superiority of European skiers.

An exception to the superiority of European skiers in the 1930s was American Dick Durrance. As a boy, he lived and learned to ski in Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany. In the shadow of the Zugspitze, he won the 1932 German National Junior Championship. Before returning to America in 1933, the precocious Durrance copied a feet-together racing turn from twotime world slalom champion Toni Seelos of Austria. Durrance brought the new turn back to America as a harbinger of future technique.

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