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Looking Back: Carnival events complete weekend

— 75 years ago

From the Feb. 12, 1932, Steamboat Pilot.

Method of Scoring in Ski Jumping Contests

There had been considerable changes made in the scoring of a ski jump, with less emphasis placed on the distance and more on the form. The international rules assign 20 points for distance to the longest standing jumping made in the competition. For shorter standing jumps points given amount to 20 less one-half point for each meter that the jump is shorter than the longest standing jump. To this figure is added the form score. The sum of the two is then divided by two for the score of that jump. After the two official jumps are made and scored, the sum of the scores for the two jumps are added and divided by two. The maximum score for form is 20. The local club has worked out a table in which the figures are estimated in feet instead of meters.



Taking these new scoring rules into consideration, it is readily seen how important the matter of form is when it comes time for the judges to work up the final score. It will also be apparent why the judges cannot tell at a glance which entry won an event. All of the distances must be reduced by the aid of the scale set up in the international rules and the final score for each man obtained before a report can be made.

Hence the advice to all ski jumpers is to consider form as important as distance. It should be kept in mind that it is not the man who makes the longest leap that always wins the first place. Every jumper who intends to enter a class in the contest should diligently study the instructions for proper form.



50 years ago

From the Feb. 14, 1957, Steamboat Pilot

High school to present plays next Tuesday

Three one-act plays will be presented at the high school gymnasium next Tuesday night at 8 p.m. High school students in speech classes taught by Mrs. Ruby Rorex and the Drama club will put on the plays and the best performances will enter a district contest at Meeker on March 2.

The plays are “A Sunny Morning,” “The Game of Chess” and “The City Slicker and Our Nell.” They are produced thru special arrangement with Samuel French in Hollywood.

Wide variety of carnival events complete weekend of ski activity

Quarter horse races on skis, ski band performances, an illuminated night show on skis, carnival dance, costumed skiers in diamond formation, awards banquet and the arrival of a 10-car special train on Sunday noon highlighted festivities of the 44th annual Winter Carnival here Saturday and Sunday.

Street events again drew enthusiastic crowds as skiers vied for top honors in slalom, ring and spear and hurdle races behind fat horses and the youngsters raced in novelty events.

The ski band, only one of its kind in the nation, performed intricate steps both days and met the special Denver and Rio Grande train arriving with nearly 300 Carnival visitors.

Fireworks lighted the sky as the skiers performed with torches Saturday night on Howelsen Hill. Claudius Banks, of Vernal, Utah, was a feature attraction as he descended the slalom course lighted from head to toe and spouting Roman candles.

Peggy Hubbard was crowned Carnival queen by Ev Chesney, Winter Sports Club president, in an impressive ceremony as she and her court skied down in formal attire to an ice platform.

Olympic trainees put on show in dual slaloms

More than 100 slalom artists put on a show for Winter Carnival spectators Saturday afternoon. In dual slaloms that again proved to be crowd pleasers, national Olympic and FIS trainees, including Steamboat own Buddy and Skeeter Werner, zipped down Howelsen Hill in fast order.

Bud, now with the U.S. Army at Camp Hale, bested a field of 34 slalom racers in men’s class A to take the title in 1 minute, 18.6 seconds. He was followed by Dave Gorsuch, a young Climax star, who finished in 1:21.2.

Skeeter Werner tied with Sally Dever for the women’s class A honors with times of 1:31.3.

Carnival gets good coverage as news event

Bob Collins of the sports staff and Dick Davis, photographer, represented the Rocky Mountain News at the Winter Carnival. This year, they were accompanied by their wives. The News always has given the Winter Carnival the top news coverage and has been extra helpful in promoting the big event. The photo transmitter broke down Saturday and it was necessary to send a new one here by bus in time to transmit top pictures of the Sunday events.

Fred Baker was here representing the Denver Post and did his own photography.

Skiing, the weekly ski publication with headquarters in Denver, was represented here for the first time. Bob Barker, managing editor; Lyle Young and Joann Hildebrandt of the staff, were here both days and were delighted with the opportunity to see so many top skiers in action.

Routt County has 2,704 acres in wheat soil bank

Agreements filed by farmers in Routt County under the 1957 Winter Wheat Acreage Reserves portion of the Soil Bank program cover 2,704.9 acres, according to William R. Appel, county chairman of the ASC committee. This indicates that a payment of approximately $56,824.21 can be earned by Routt County farmers under the Winter Wheat portion of the Acreage Reserve program. Additional participation is expected from spring wheat producers who have until March 8 to designate acreage which they will desire to put into acreage reserve. Four spring wheat agreements have been signed to date.

Steamboat basketeers take 49-36 beating

The on-again-off-again Steamboat Sailors took a 49-36 beating from the Rifle Bears in a return basketball game on the Rifle floor Friday night. The Sailors dropped to third place in Norhwest Colorado A league standings while Rifle moved to undisputed first place and Craig is in second.

Although Steamboat turned in some excellent rebounding and played fine defensive ball, the boys could not hit and usually high-scoring Ted Cary was held to 12 points. John Sauer tipped in for 10 and Fred Duckels was next with 6.


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