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Martial Arts And Skiing Make A Solid Team

After standing in the Single Whip posture for two minutes, your right thigh starts to ache. After five minutes, it’s starting to tremble, as sweat trickles down your back. After 15, the rest of your body is relaxed, but your leg is shaking violently; “burning in,” your tai chi teacher calls it. This is good for your skiing.

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So are other Asian arts like yoga and aikido, exercise systems that, for many people, smack of tofu and crystals more than bumps and steeps. “They all offer increased flexibility and balance,” says John Atkins, rehab director and athletic trainer at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail. “Martial arts help tremendously in sports like skiing that place a high premium on single-leg balance.”

In the States, we’ve got two images of martial arts. One is kick-ass, kungfu cool. Jackie Chan — style. The other is dumb-ass …

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Rock That Casual, Ladies!

rtclIt wasn’t so long ago that the Seventies were being tagged as uninspired as far as fashion went. Nevertheless, in recent seasons the “Me” decade has become a source of inspiration for a lengthening list of sportswear designers.

Looks that defined the Seventies – bell-bottom pants, maxi coats, vests, platform shoes, beads, ribbed knits, and cloche hats – are surfacing in collections for fall, resort and spring.

And early indications at retail are that consumers too are embracing it.

Women, tired of the tailored Eighties power wardrobe and now confident of their place in work force are opting for a softer, simpler and more casual style, designers said.

The Seventies derived much of its flavor from the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, when such movie queens as Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn held sway. Designers are probably pulling more from the Seventies simply because its …

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