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At the training camp for Olympic ski prospects in Sun Valley this month, everyone was watching Jill Kinmont (left). She was worth it. Last year, at 18, she became the only person ever to win the women's National Junior and Senior slalom in the same year. This year she looked like prime Olympic material, and George Macomber and Christian Pravda, special coaches at the camp, kept a close eye on her as she swung through the practice gates on Baldy Mountain. Every other man was watching because she was easily the prettiest girl in the place.
All this attention was a bit embarrassing to Jill, a snub-nosed blonde who seems to think everyone is wonderful, and who skis simply because "it's so much fun."
She also likes to win. Back home on her father's guest ranch in Bishop, Calif. she is making sure the Olympic Committee won't forget her. Her training program, an appalling dose of self-discipline, includes quarter-mile sprints, deep knee bends and hopping like a halfback through automobile tires spread out in her back yard. Six days a week she heads for Mammoth Mountain to run the slalom gates. And at day's end, Jill packs off to baby sit for transportation money to the most exciting meet of her life—the U.S. Olympic tryouts in Vermont and New Hampshire in the middle of March.
girls in early morning outside lodge, Jill laughingly shares a joke with two
other Olympic hopefuls.
Chatting with coach Christian Pravda, Jill discusses day's plans. He was an Austrian ace who turned pro to teach at Sun Valley.
PRETTY SKIER AIMS AT OLYMPICS
Warming up in hut on top of mountain, Jill backs up close to improvised stove.
Puffing into ski mitten, Jill joins other skiers for an afternoon of practice.