Sport: Eventually, Holmenkollen

A happy-go-lucky Vermonter and a cocksure Lake Placid Irishman planned a postwar project last week.

First, Merrill ("Mezzie") Barber and Army Lieut. Arthur Devlin proved themselves head & shoulders above the field—five fellow Americans, ten Canadians—in the annual invitation ski jump from Lake Placid's 70-meter Olympic Hill. Off the takeoff, 145-lb. Mezzie Barber, reached for altitude with revolving arms, then leaned forward from the ankles in wind-cutting power dives that carried him 218 and 223 feet. Artie Devlin, leaning more from his hips than ankles, jumped 220 feet on his first ride;...

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