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Sports have a long history at Middlebury College, and they only seem to becoming more important to the college community. Unlike 1934, in which skiing was by far the biggest sport at Middlebury, the year is now 2012 and the college has twenty-seven varsity sports competing. While there are now many more sports that are played in the fall and spring seasons, many of the sports in the early 1930s were played during the winter months. The early carnivals at Middlebury had events such as ski races, snowshoes races, ski jumping, and toboggan sliding. These sort of events take advantage of the type of terrain that Middlebury, Vermont contains. The early concentration on winter sports highlights many of the reasons why Middlebury has had such success in skiing and set a precedent for Middlebury’s determination to be the dominating force in this winter sport. Because Dartmouth had had skiing for one-hundred years, Middlebury wanted to establish the sport as soon as possible in the early 1930s; the Winter Olympics of 1932 at Lake Placid certainly helped accelerate the skiing trend at Middlebury as well. Skiing seemed to have started the serious athletic wave of success at Middlebury, and the intensity of sports only increased from then on. While skiing was the main focus during Middlebury’s winter carnivals, hockey and basketball were also present.

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Winter Carnival at Middlebury was popular among many college ski teams. The event was called the Intercollegiate Ski Union championships, and it was attractive to many teams as both men’s and women’s ski teams were able to participate starting in 1938. While 1938 was the first year women were able to compete at the Middlebury Winter Carnival, it was not until 1946 when women skiers were featured as almost equal to men skiers as during that year the team was extremely talented. The years of 1938-1939 were also looked at as the beginning of the modern era of glory. These years seemed to start a wave of new traditions and success for Middlebury. In 1939, Middlebury won its own carnival, although only by five-tenths of a point. Middlebury’s ski program is something that many other institutions have feared since the 1930s, and both the men’s and women’s teams continue to impress on the slopes.

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Please refer to the following link to access more information about Middlebury skiing and Winter Carnival as compiled by Cassie Coash.

http://sites.middlebury.edu/skiprogramhistory/

 

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*To learn about the facilities that allow Middlebury skiers to excel, click below.

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