Historical Badass: Skier Dick Durrance [adventure-journal.com]

Historical Badass: Skier Dick Durrance [adventure-journal.com]

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Historical Badass: Skier Dick Durrance [adventure-journal.com]

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adventure-journal.com bring us this look into the life of Dick Durrance. 

In the 1930s, an age when college athletes would often outshine the pros, Dick Durrance was a totemic figure,a slightly built guy who made national headlines in the 1930s while skiing for Dartmouth. But if the story ended there — despite the fact that Durrance brought a much more refined turning technique to American slopes and became the first U.S. ski racer to beat Europeans on their own mountains — it wouldn’t tell you half of what the man accomplished in his incredible 89 years.

Durrance was born in Florida, but as a kid his mom brought him and his four siblings to live in Garmisch, Germany, at the foot of the Alps. Durrance was 13, a ripe old age for becoming a natural skier, and yet that’s just what happened. With the rise of fascism in Europe, Durrance’s mother moved the family back to Florida in 1934 but Durrance immediately went off to Dartmouth, where he proceeded to set the nation and the world on fire with his ripping skiing. Keep Reading….

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