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.
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
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.
BUNDLING UP, JILL GETS AN ASSIST FROM BUDDY WERNER, JUNIOR CHAMPION IN '53, '52
AND A TOP PLACER IN WORLD MEETS
coach Christian Pravda, Jill discusses day's plans. He was an Austrian ace who
turned pro to teach at Sun Valley.
Riding bus to ski
area, Jill feeds candy to Werner. Like Jill, he hopes to win a spot on the 1956
U.S. Olympic squad.
PRETTY SKIER AIMS
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.
act of Skeeter Werner (left), Jill, Buddy Werner, and Bob Kinmont (right) heads
down mountain. Bob and Skeeter have also won national junior titles.