Skiing: French Snowball

Since skiers spend so much of their time upside down anyhow, it made a certain sort of sense to hold the World Alpine Ski Championships last week in Portillo, Chile — where it was the middle of winter, and temperatures dipped to —4°. It was hardly surprising, either, that the French turned up in force and swept practically everything in sight. Who stays in Paris in August, except tourists?

Led by Jean-Claude Killy, 23, and Marielle Goitschel, 21, the French were heavy favorites at Portillo. U.S. hopes ran high, too, for a team that Coach Bob Beattie said was in...

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