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Old Olympics #2 Feb 16

Nobody ever remembers who takes second place. Anybody remember who ran against George Washington? Some of you might have remembered where the first Winter Games were held, but how about the second?

Well, it was in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The most memorable thing about that event was its weather. Opening ceremonies were held during a blizzard, then it warmed up so much they had to cancel the 10,000 meter speed skating event, and the cross-country skiing event experienced temperatures in the high 70′s. You have probably heard of Sonja Henie. She took Gold in figure skating at age 15, and remained the youngest gold medal winner for almost three quarters of a century.

St. Moritz is a great place to vacation. It’s near the SE corner of Switzerland, right next to Italy. The scenery is spectacular, of course, and if you like winter sports, you’ll like St Moritz. Bobsled and skeleton championships are frequent, not to mention an assortment of world-class skiing events. (They hosted the 1948 Winter Olympics, too). Maybe you don’t like crowds. The population St. Moritz is sparse—around five thousand, and unemployment is very low.

The place is pretty nice in the summer, too.

Lake St. Moritz. They have horse races on it in the winter.

Go visit! They have condos you can rent at a really good price if you’re a member of Serenity. Then write home to us in the comments.

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