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