"Skiing is the glamour sport of the Olympics," Walters continued. "It would be a damn shame to throw it out over this thing. But, of course, without skiing, it would make it a lot easier to figure out when and where to hold the Games."
The next day, coached by the men who were not good enough to satisfy the committee, the U.S. girls went right up on the hill and won first and third places in the slalom, a racing irony that is sure to be lost on the men who fired Eaton and Tauber.
Perky little Kiki Cutter finished first, a victory that placed her second in the World Cup slalom and fourth overall for the season, after Gabl, France's Florence Steurer and another Austrian, Wiltrud Drexel. Germany's Rosi Mittermaier was second in the Waterville slalom and Judy Nagel third. Everybody crowded around Kiki, who slipped into her innocent little look. "We wanted to win it for Bob and Chuck," she said.
Then the men finished up with a slalom—Jean-Noel Augert of France winning. Nice race. It gave him second place in the World Cup combined, with Reinhard Tritscher of Austria third.
So much for the ski season: it was all over and it was followed by a final, crushing cocktail party, naturally. The racers who had been hiding firecrackers in their ski bags all winter finally got them out and a few people got bombed. The party went on and on into spring, punctuated by an awards ceremony Saturday night that nobody really needed.
"Well, next year will be different," Kiki Cutter said, solemn for a moment. "This new thing will have an effect on the kids emotionally, but I'll tell you about some of us. If we win the World Cup in 1970, it will be for Bob and Chuck."