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The Girls From The Mountain Next Door
March 16, 1970
All done up for battle they look full of fire and ferocious. Still, inside every girl ski racer there hides a real live girl who can change quickly into her wistful, it's-poor-little-old-me disguise and disarm men for miles around. Glamour is not their game and chic is for all those elderly ladies in their 20s. instead, girl racers are made of steel and spice and everything nice—like Canada's gamin Betsy Clifford at right, who was tough enough to enter the world-championship giant slalom...and girl enough to cry just a little bit when she beat everybody else to win a gold medal.
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March 16, 1970

The Girls From The Mountain Next Door

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All done up for battle they look full of fire and ferocious. Still, inside every girl ski racer there hides a real live girl who can change quickly into her wistful, it's-poor-little-old-me disguise and disarm men for miles around. Glamour is not their game and chic is for all those elderly ladies in their 20s. instead, girl racers are made of steel and spice and everything nice—like Canada's gamin Betsy Clifford at right, who was tough enough to enter the world-championship giant slalom...and girl enough to cry just a little bit when she beat everybody else to win a gold medal.

Rosi Fortna (left) comes on with big, dark eyes and an ethereal air that seems to belie her daredevil style of racing.

When Kiki Cutter is disguised in ruffles she looks deceptively fragile, a far cry from Kiki Cutter, demon competitor.

Even in repose, Martha Rockwell displays some of the intensity that marks her efforts to become a Nordic star.

Bombing a racecourse, Barbara Cochran is a relentless charger. But Barbara by candlelight presents a softer image: a gentle girl with long blonde hair.

A willowy, 18-year-old college coed, Barbara Britch can turn quickly from femininity to fierce cross-country racer in one of the most demanding sports ever.

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