Anyone may nominate anyone for the award and, eventually, these nominations will be judged by a committee of past award winners at the season's end.
However, the first judges will be drawn from a well-qualified group of skiers, such as Alf Engen, Junior Bounous, Ted Johnson, Eddie Morris and Gene Huber, names any skier would recognize.
The award will be fitting: a gold Alta snowflake with a diamond center.
Salt Lake City
ON THE BOUNCE
I certainly appreciated your recent article on table tennis (Spongers Seldom Chisel, Nov. 15). Most people not familiar with this game imagine it to be the same as that played in many home basements—that is, a sort of pit-patting of the ball over the net until someone makes an error. Actually, it is a very exhausting sport, considering that the ball goes over the net three times during the time it takes a tennis ball to go over once. This is one reason top competitors of the country are in top condition and most have a lean, stringy type of build. You don't see fat men who smoke big cigars playing championship table tennis, even though you may see them bowling or playing billiards.
Fort Harrison, Ind.
As a lifelong fan of Ping-Pong (pardon me, table tennis), I want to thank you and Dick Miles for his humorous and informative article. Currently I am serving in the Army in Germany and am playing on a Tischtennis team for T.V. Gr�ningen, a sports club in my adopted home town of Gr�ningen, near Giessen.
My roommate, George DeLucia, and I have been, for the past two years, the only Americans in the extensive league system around Giessen and have thoroughly enjoyed our experiences. Mr. Miles and other readers might enjoy some of the comments that my chop and my thin rubber paddle draw from the Germans. When I first start to warm up against a new team my paddle makes such a hollow sound (compared with their sponge-covered Schl�ger) that the opposition invariably reaches for a new ball commenting, "Der Ball ist kaputt." I can only reply, "Nein, mein Schl�ger ist kaputt." But actually I, like Mr. Miles, find the old rubber paddle very effective at countering the spongers.
MICHAEL B. JONES
Gr�ningen, West Germany
Mr. Miles obviously intended to be humorous, yet he also brought up a problem which has long plagued every sport from bridge to baseball. The problem seems to be that the spectators (as well as the athletes) fail to realize that every sport is a game and should be enjoyed as such.
As Miles reminds us, the excitement of competition in sports is "voonderful"—especially in table tennis—but are sponge bats, alarm clocks under the table and all of the overplayed emotions which accompany this and many other sports really necessary to their enjoyment?
JAMES C. WOODS
Arlington Heights, Ill.