Legacy: Austria's Influence On American Skiing
Wherever Austrians go they carry, and are identified with, the image, culture, and spirit of alpine skiing - their national sport, their national pastime. The origins, the roots, of alpine skiing, in particular alpine ski instruction, are in large part traced to Austria, where Hannes Schneider, considered by many as the "Father of Modern Alpine Skiing" (who also emigrated to America), and Professor Stefan Kruckenhauser, trained and influenced many top Austrian ski instructors and racers who due to a combination of pre and post World War II political and economic reasons emigrated to the Americas, which they considered "The Land . . .
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