BENDED KNEE AT INTERSKI
All over Europe it had been spring since Christmas and nobody in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen could remember such a mild and almost snowless winter. Still, the show must go on, so the tri-annual Interski congress was held there, as scheduled, last month.
Interski congresses bring together teams of ski instructors from a number of countries to give each other demonstrations of their latest refinements of styles. This year, while a crew of 40 worked day and night to keep a thousand-foot-long T-bar hill passably covered with snow, 22 teams took part. It quickly became obvious, however, that nobody was going to make the kind of splash that Austria's skiing guru, Professor Stefan Kruckenhauser, made at the 1955 Interski when he introduced Wedeln.
Although they all have different names, the skiing styles of the early 1970s promise to look pretty much the same in every country. In Garmisch the Austrian demonstrators squatted low and called it "retraction," the French squatted low and called it "letting down," the Germans squatted low and called it "absorption" and the Americans squatted low and called it "Phase II." One piece of advice came out of all this for ski instructors. No more talk about shoulder or arm positions: now it's all in the legs. Please to bend ze knees—more than ever.
The Interski ended with a 15-kilometer cross-country race for everybody. Nine hundred skiers took off in four mass starts on tracks that looked like Bavarian cow paths. In addition, the racers had to stop for trains, tractors and—sure enough—cows being led to pasture. It was the wrong time for an Interski congress in Bavaria.
There were those who felt sorry for George Allen when he was fired from the Los Angeles Rams. But the terms of Allen's new contract with the Washington Redskins have come to light in Melvin Durslag's syndicated column and it would seem that the only items George wasn't promised were the Lincoln Memorial and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Here's what he got:
"A $25,000 bonus for signing.
"A salary of $125,000 a year for seven years.
"A home for which the club will pay up to $150,000. Payments on the principal will be made each month by the club. Interest will be paid by Allen. At the time the home is sold, any appreciation will go to Allen. Depreciation will be sustained by the club.