FARY 18, 195 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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IBOBSLEDDERS MAY SURPRISE:
Rodolph's Injury Shatters United States Ski Hopes
BY PHIL DOUGLIS
Daily Sports Editor in the Olympics, and champions
are named on an individual basis
A long drum-roll, followed by .ponly-except in hockey-much in-
sweeping crescendo of trumpets terest will be focused on the un-
smashes through the brisk alpine official team tallies-and the duel
atmosphere.kbetween the United States and
In the background loom the Russia. What are the American
peaks of the Dolomites. It is 11:30 prospects at this great athletic
in the morning, and you-along event?
with thousands of others, turn Last weekend gave us quite an
yur coat collar up against the indication of what to expect-as
The date-just one week from the final tuneups for the games
tomorrow-January 26, 1956. You were held throughout Europe.
are a spectator at the greatest U.S. Chances Fall
event the sports world knows - Skiing comes first in any Olym-
the Olympic Games. The events pic discussion-and what has just
about to begin are the winter happened to the United States was
Olympics-skill on the snow! certainly far from encouraging.
Given a healthy chance to sweep
The Flags Fly to an Olympic skiing victory, Unit-
Overhead -- the flags of the ed States chances came crashing
nations of the world wave in the down all around them Saturday
breeze-and above them all flies afternoon.
the ivory white banner of the Pretty Katy Rodolph, the 25-
Olympics - with its five linked year-old comet who was ranked
circles symbolizing the joining of as America's best hope behind
the five great continents of the Olympic Champion Andrea Mead
earth. Lawrence in .the women's events,
You are at Cortina D'Ampezzo plunged headlong into a tree dur-
some five hours by car north ing the giant Hahnenkamm sla-
of Venice. Around you spreads the lom--and was belted right out of
finest winter sports stadium in the Olympic games.
the world. Hockey rinks, figure She fractured her neck, sprained
skating pavilions, sled-runs, gigan- her ankle, and bruised her hip-
tic ski jumps and sprawling ski and in that plaster cast in a Salz-
slopes are everywhere. burg hospital lies much of Ameri-
Though team totals are not kept ca's Olympic chances.
SKEETER WERNER, pretty United States Olympic skier, screams
into a turn at Kitzenbuehel, Austria in preparation for the Olym-
pic games next week. Miss Werner finished a poor 38th at Kitz-
buehel-pointing up the weaknesses of the American entry.
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year old star of America's Women's
to stretcher at Kitzbuehel, Austria,.
in Olympic warm up meet last Saturday.
"Katy" Rodolph, 25
i team lies strapped
,. eaking neck vertebra
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