Sport: The Calculating Daredevil

Ski-proud Austrians can hardly believe their eyes. Their veteran skiers, the finest in the world, are being raced on even terms this season by a freckled-faced 21-year-old named Bud Werner, from Steamboat Springs, Colo. Werner is the same headlong, headstrong American who fell so ingloriously in the 1956 Winter Olympics at Cortina, Italy. But this year he is flashing down the wickedly slick Alpine slopes as though they were Colorado foothills. This week all Austria is wondering uneasily how the slight, boyish American will do in next week's world championships at Bad Gastein....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!