The article is written so beautifully and with such crackling humor I most thoroughly enjoyed it. Every "draw play" and "whangbang" I saw in my mind's eye. Such terms are a joy to see and certainly give the game a great lift and make it even more exciting and, as in all amateur sports, spur one on to greater ambitions for the next year.
La Jolla, Calif.
Your word picture of women's curling is a gross misconception of a grand old game We in the Midwest feel that you have done us a great disservice. We women curlers dc not strive for "elegance," as Mr. Brody implies—we strive for excellence. The use of the words "social" and "socializing" and the reference to "sipping a Bloody Mar) before 8 a.m." certainly place an emphasis that cannot be justified.
The very first sentence of the article is perhaps further from the truth than any other. Curling, like most sports, is a great leveler of people. When women take to the ice, their backgrounds or bankrolls are of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is their ability. Curling enthusiasts come from all walks of life—some from small midwestern farms, some from the executive suites of large eastern corporations. If a "chic Easterner" said, "Oh my, they're so serious," I can only say if you're playing in the finals of a first event in a national tournament you had better be serious. Mrs. Taylor had four women who devoted hours to practicing the game and concentrating on a style of play that could win the national title. She came to the tournament with one purpose—to win—as I am sure all 128 women did.
MRS. T. A. BRUETT
U.S. Women's Curling Assn.
Is there any journalistic excuse for such an "inelegant" article?
MARY M. DEGEN
As one who has skied with a group in Sestriere three times and who has always stayed at the Duchi d'Aosta, I thoroughly enjoyed your article, The Mickey Mouse Olympics (SI, Feb. 28). It reminded me of our FIS competition, First In Shenanigans.
However, without discrediting our Olympic gold medal winner, Jean Saubert, let me point out that Skitours Club, of which I am president, is the originator of Sestriere's Orange Rolling Derby. At Skitours Club this derby was a nightly affair, winner take all—usually a pot of 53 marmaladed oranges and 5,000 lire. We even have pictures to prove it.
As skiers, we can never compete with Miss Saubert; as rollers, we challenge anyone.