Sport: Record

Along a take-off level notched into the side of an Alpine peak near the Engadine Valley, Chiogna, crack skiman of Switzerland, moved out onto the run. It dropped away under his feet so sharply that watchers behind him could not see the whole course; part of it seemed almost perpendicular. On the run the packed icy snow had just enough surface to give Chiogna steering purchase as he shot downward on his special skis—the skis of a fairytale, fantastically long and heavy. Five electric control stations shunted into a 150-metre circuit measured...

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