As athletes gear up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, it’s worth revisiting Washington state’s role in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — the first Winter Games to include alpine skiing.
In April 1935, the Washington Ski Club sponsored the national championships and Olympic trials on the slopes of Mount Rainier.
The eight-page program for the event, whose cover is reproduced here, described it as “the greatest downhill and slalom competition ever held in North America,” a spectacle made possible by “the far-sighted and hearty cooperation of Tacoma and Seattle businessmen working hand in hand with the host ski club.”
See more from the program, courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society, below.
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