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So, since neither the snow-capped mountain nor the Europeans would come to them, and with no Werner left to boost their morale, U.S. officials, like Mahomet of old, decided they'd better go to the mountain. Next week, as soon as the U.S. qualifying trials are completed in Aspen, the entire U.S. team will fly to Kitzb�hel, Austria. There, and in places like Davos and St. Moritz and M�g�ve, for the next three weeks they will race down the world's fastest slopes against the world's fastest skiers. By the time the trip is over they may well be moving a bit faster themselves.
"At least," said Dr. Amos R. (Bud) Little, the Alpine team manager, "we won't arrive at Squaw Valley unblooded."
Skiing in the Sheets
According to at least one Michigan psychologist (who prefers to be nameless), the U.S. ski team (see above) might just as well have stood in bed. On the assumption that skiing is 90% mental, the psychologist in question has developed a recording called Ski Relaxed, designed to improve the technique of any skier by germinating "success thoughts" in his subconscious for $8.95.
Appealing to the conscious intellect at the outset, the face of the record is given over to a discussion of hypnotic psychology. The science, says a soothing voice, can be used to dissipate the "many fears, real and imaginary, which plague the novice and expert alike...fears which produce negative thoughts and deeds, tensions and fatigues." The road to "positive thinking and positive action" is taken on the flip side when Skier is told by Voice to lie down and pay attention. "A sensation of warmth is now beginning in your toes," says Voice, hauntingly, mystically. "Creeping up through your legs into your hips.... Every muscle is responding to this extremely pleasant feeling."
At length, when Skier's body has been laid to euphoric rest, Voice gets on to the uplifting business at hand. "After you awaken," it says, "you will be more calm, more relaxed, more confident in everything you say and in everything you do. You will have complete confidence in yourself and in your ability to ski...looking forward with zest and enthusiasm to whatever each thrilling run may bring."
The Colts' City
Baltimore is a city "spacious, charming and full of creature comforts," said H. L. Mencken not so many years ago; but that was B.C.—before the Colts. What the tart-tongued iconoclast might well have thought of his city in the last week of 1959 boggles the imagination.
Santa Claus was playing second string on staid Charles Street as Baltimore's merchants used valuable Christmas-season window space for "Yea Colts" signs. One Santa-led band gave up when Christmas carols inspired no reaction, drew great cheers instead by playing the Colt marching song.
A 19-story office building, which usually used its window lights to spell out giant Christmas wishes, spelled COLTS instead.