The Olympics: Death on the Slopes

It is a matter of record that on Dec. 22, 1963, 14 in. of snow fell on Memphis, Tenn. It is also a matter of record that less than 12 in. of snow fell on Innsbruck, Austria, during the whole of December. The point, of course, is that Innsbruck is a ski resort in the Tyrolean Alps—and the site, this week, of the ninth Winter Olympics.

Imported Snow. Ski resorts have learned to cope with such whims of nature. Off to the upper Alps trooped 3,000 Austrian soldiers, with orders to bring back...

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