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NOTRE VICTOIRE OLYMPIQUE [Our Olympic Victory] Jean Vuarnet 1961 Softcover Near Fine
By Vuarnet, Jean (Sunglass Vuarnet)
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France, 1961, 1st edition. 220 pp, 16 photos. Trade paperback (Wrappers), Near Fine condition. In French.

Jean Vuarnet (1933 – 2017) was an alpine ski racer from France. The high point of Vuarnet's racing career came at age 27 at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, where he won the gold medal in the downhill.  Previously, he had won bronze in the same event at the World Championships in 1958 at Bad Gastein.

From 1957 to 1959, Vuarnet achieved seven titles as a French skiing champion: twice in the downhill (1958, 1959), slalom (1957, 1958) and alpine combined, and in the giant slalom (1957). He had placed third in the slalom and the alpine combined in the "Kandahar" at Sestriere in 1956. He was not selected for the Olympic team in 1956.

He was a skiing innovator. He honed his revolutionary aerodynamic "egg position" (French: "dite de l'œuf") now known as The Tuck - a lower stance in which he squatted down with knees bent, arms outstretched and fists clasped together, in a bid to increase his speed. He also was the first to race on metal skis (skis métalliques Rossignol), on which he won the downhill at the 1960 Winter Olympics. The tenth racer on the course, he won by a full half-second.



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