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Crimson skiers will have a regular coach for the first time this year and the season promises to be the biggest ever with 15 competitions scheduled for the team and instruction offered to all who pay their dues.
Norwood Cox, the new coach engaged by the ski team, has had much experience in both ski competitions and coaching and was formerly jumping and cross country champion of Grenoble, Switzerland. He has coached for six years in America and has entered indoor exhibitions at the Boston Garden and at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Both Cox and David Emerson '39, captain of the ski team, stressed at Monday's meeting in Lowell House that the coaching will be for the benfit of all interested and that the chief aim is to cultivate controlled skiers in the University and to cut down accidents.
Eight weekend trips have been scheduled when Cox will be available. The skiers will be divided into two groups, according to their ability, and will receive instruction in turn. Those who progress will be moved up until they are expert enough to take part in competitions.
Downhill and slalom racing will not be stressed at the expense of cross country and jumping and those who wish to compete for the team will be expected to become proficient in all four. Daily runs to get men in condition for cross country racing will start from entry I, Eliot House under the direction of Dave Emerson.
Freshman participants can sign up with Sidney J. Cobb '38 and will receive regular credit from the Hygiene Department.
The ski team will have its first practice session at Lake Placid from December 26 to January 1 and will enter the Lake Placid meet scheduled for December 30. After this date meets follow one another in swift succession. The annual Harvard Race will be held on the Sherburne Trail, Pinkham Notch, on January 9 and will be an open race for all undergraduate members of the University.
As usual, the climax of the season will be the Dartmouth Carnival at Hanover, New Hampshire, from February 11 to 13 inclusive. A six man team will compete for the Crimson with several men entering three or more events.
The nine days between February 18 and 27 will be the most crowded of the year. The team is scheduled to take part in five successive meets in various parts of Vermont and New Hampshire and it will be necessary to have a second and perhaps even a third team to cover them all. In some races two teams will be entered.
Although several of the team's main props, including Robert Shaw '37 and Charley Rogers '37, graduated last year, Captain Emerson and Colin MacClaurin '38 remain to bear the brunt of the competition. It is expected that there will be additional good material among the 150 skiers who reported on Monday.
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