Alpine Skiing – 1978 – World Cup Championships – Mens Downhill – USA Karl Anderson – From Aspen CO

Karl Anderson is a former American alpine skier…..who competed for the USA in the 1976 Winter Olympics and 1980 Winter Olympics…..as well as the 1978 World Cup Championships in men’s downhill…. as seen in this video herewith. Although Karl Anderson never stood on the medal podium…..to be able to represent the USA in two Olympic Games is truly a feather in…

Alpine Skiing – 1978 – World Cup Championships Mens Downhill ITA Leonardo David

Leonardo David (27 September 1960 – 26 February 1985) was a World Cup alpine ski racer from northwestern Italy…..who died of heart failure in Gressoney-La-Trinité after nearly six years in a coma…. which was caused by injuries he sustained in a fall near Lake Placid, New York, on 3 March 1973…..when David fell a few yards before the finish of the pre-Olympic downhill at Whiteface Mountain…..as seen in this video herewith. …

Alpine Skiing – 1978 – World Cup Championships – Mens Downhill – SWI Toni Burgler – From Aspen CO

Toni Bürgler is a Swiss former alpine skier who competed in the 1980 Winter Olympics…..as well as the 1978 Alpine Skiing World Cup Championship series….as seen in this video herewith at the Aspen, Colorado event…..which was an event that ABC’s Wide World of Sports covered with legendary sportscaster Jim McKay and sidekick, Bob Beattie…..who traveled the world with McKay while bringing sporting events…

Alpine Skiing – 1978 – World Cup Championships – Mens Downhill – ITA Giuliano Giardini – From Aspen

In the 1978 Men’s Downhill World Cup, the winner was decided by the best 5 results count…..as four racers had a point deduction, which are given in brackets…..and for the very first time there was a shared win during the World Cup season….when Josef Walcher and Sepp Ferstl tied in the second race at Kitzbühel.  During this Aspen, Colorado stop…

Alpine Skiing – 1978 – Mens World Cup Downhill In Aspen – AUS Petre Wirnsberger + SUI Peter Mueller

The 1978 World Cup Alpine Skiing Championships were held in Aspen, Colorado between January 29 and February 5…..and televised on ABC’s Wide World of Sports with hosts Jim McKay and Bob Beattie behind the mikes…..with alpine skiing competitions in downhill, special slalom, giant slalom and combined for men and women….as the combined was only a “paper race”.   The 1978…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – The Race Laps 1 Thru 40 – With Jim Lampley + Sam Posey + Jim McKay

After charging from the 30th starting position, Mario Andretti’s day was short-lived….when on the 15th lap he brought out the yellow when he stalled in turn three with an ignition problem…..as Andretti set the early pace by leading the first 42 laps…..when Mario later returned to the track his car lasted only four additional laps….and he placed 32nd.…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – ABCs Al Trautwig PreRace Interview With Driver Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti had a long career in racing….as he is the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades….when he won in 1967, 1978 and 1984…..furthermore, he was also one of only three drivers to have won major races on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season…. which is a…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – ABC Jim McKay Commentary On The Passing Of The Torch At Indianapolis

In this one minute video…..ABC’s legendary sportscaster Jim McKay provides commentary on the “passing of the guard” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 1986 Indy 500…..as none of the “old guard” with the likes of A. J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., Gordon Johncock, Tom Sneva, Bobby Unser et al had absolutely no impact on the 1986…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – NBCs Al Trautwig PreRace Interview With Driver Michael Andretti

Michael Andretti is an American former auto racing driver and current team owner….who is statistically one of the most successful drivers in the history of American open-wheel car racing…..after winning the  1991 CART PPG Indy Car World Series….and amassed 42 race victories….which is the most in the CART era and fourth-most all time.   Since his retirement from active…