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CRISIS AT THE AIRPLANE TURN
Roy Terrell
February 29, 1960
The ladies' downhill course, snaking through 20 flag-topped control gates on KT-22 mountain, had so many carefully contrived hazards that one skier called it "a forest of flags." As it turned out, there was only one hazard in the forest that really mattered: a treacherous 90� bend called the airplane corner. It was here that the race was won and lost. Heidi Biebl (top) went into the turn with her skis flat on the snow and well under control, came out in perfect balance and went on to win the race. America's Penny Pitou started her move too high, teetered on the verge of a spill and lost a vital second. And Betsy Snite, skiing fast but in control until the turn, suddenly sat back, stiffened her downhill leg and crashed to the snow, out of breath and out of the race.
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February 29, 1960

Crisis At The Airplane Turn

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The ladies' downhill course, snaking through 20 flag-topped control gates on KT-22 mountain, had so many carefully contrived hazards that one skier called it "a forest of flags." As it turned out, there was only one hazard in the forest that really mattered: a treacherous 90� bend called the airplane corner. It was here that the race was won and lost. Heidi Biebl (top) went into the turn with her skis flat on the snow and well under control, came out in perfect balance and went on to win the race. America's Penny Pitou started her move too high, teetered on the verge of a spill and lost a vital second. And Betsy Snite, skiing fast but in control until the turn, suddenly sat back, stiffened her downhill leg and crashed to the snow, out of breath and out of the race.

Heidi Biebl held on through treacherous turn, thought she had skied too slowly to win: "I came almost to a standstill"

Penny Pitou faltered, nearly fell: "I slid into the thing sideways and lost the whole race right there"

Betsy Snite crashed: "I sat back too far going into the turn, then I caught the outside edge of my downhill ski...

...I was stunned by the fall"

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