Ski Movies

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Re: Ski Movies

Post by Woodserson » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:50 pm

oldschool47 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:53 pm
bauerb wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:02 pm
I have an old scrap book full of ribbons that say "Bill Koch ski league".
Cross-country skiing is the best sport in the world. Swear to God. Cross-country skiing = classic style and skate skiing. Best sport in the world means that it gives your brain more feel-good energy per hour and your body a better aerobic and anaerobic workout per hour than any other sport in existence.

This video of Bill was available for viewing worldwide a few years ago. It's a great clip. I posted it on Epic and Pugski. Why is it no longer available for viewing in the U.S.? Out of sight out of mind? Somebody doesn't want us to see someone, especially a living-legend like Bill, skiing parallel on XC skis? Some sinister group is attempting to Manufacturing Consent?

"Old School":
Well, here’s another video from the link you posted that hasn’t been found yet by the skating hegemon monster. I gotta say, classic XC really speaks to me, in a deep way. Thankfully the lakes are skiing well now in NH.

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Re: Ski Movies

Post by Andy M » Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:34 am

Here's a video clip of Bill Koch in his 1976 silver-medal performance, but you have to click the URL -- it didn't allow me to put it on this site:

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Re: Ski Movies

Post by bauerb » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:16 am

there was a short ski movie made in the late 70's called "I hope I get a purple ribbon". it was filmed at Blueberry Hill in Goshen VT. I was there and in the movie. the highlight was Bill Koch coming for 1 day. I was 7yo and being in that little film with BK was at the time a bucket list item before anyone ever thought to put lists in buckets. I remember that weekend because we got snowed in over the weekend and had to miss school on Monday ! best weekend ever. it would be amazing if someone found that movie posted somewhere. I found a reference to it in the link below ... ie&f=false

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Re: Ski Movies

Post by bauerb » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:30 am

btw, those old ski movies from 76 and 80 bring back so many memories. as a little kid growing up in VT and XC racing from around 1975 - 1988, XC racing = Lifestyle. from the "5 and under lollypop" races to trying to make the USSA regionals and nationals. the early days where skis were sill wooden and would break in races, to the transition from 75mm to all manner of modern equipment, the transition to skating, the waxing, the need for multiple sets of equipment. I was also a ski jumper so I competed in Nordic Combined. those years in VT were epic when I think back about it now. so many memories

1. I remember standing on the start line when I was 4yo, they used a starter pistol to start the race and I just stood there and cried because the loud noise scared me

2. I won alot of races back then, so getting the Monday paper was a big deal because my name was in the race results. i also clipped the newspaper to put in my scrapbook next to the little blue ribbon. my name was always spelled wrong because at that age I didn't write my "U" properly and it was recorded as a "V" - Baver not Bauer....

3. -40 degrees at some race in Maine, NH, VT. so called that "everything" froze and then thawed out in howling pain.

4. giant torches used to melt klyster behind the big station wagon in some snowy parking lot.

5. being intimidated by the racer next to me at the start line( we often started in pairs) because he had all the latest/expensive equipment and my gear was took me a long time to understand that I could beat these guys on my hand me downs and that having used gear and winning was a point of pride, not something to be upset about

I could go on and on about the life lessons learned and experiences I will never forget

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