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    I saw the article about hurdler Laurent Ottoz and Stefan Hom. Is Laurent the son of Eddy ?

  • #2
    According to an AFTS annual he is Eddy's son. Does anyone remember
    the exact quote the senior Ottoz made about shaving before a race? I
    know I've read it on this board.

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    • #3
      asked at Mexico City in '68, when he showed up looking like Sonny Crockett, and his response--in those Cold War times--was, "Italian men and Russian women never shave before a big meet."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gh
        asked at Mexico City in '68, when he showed up looking like Sonny Crockett, and his response--in those Cold War times--was, "Italian men and Russian women never shave before a big meet."
        I am not obsessed with women's underarms, but I recall the West German women shaved them, whereas the East German women did not. With reunification, they all did.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dukehjsteve
          Originally posted by gh
          asked at Mexico City in '68, when he showed up looking like Sonny Crockett, and his response--in those Cold War times--was, "Italian men and Russian women never shave before a big meet."
          I am not obsessed with women's underarms, but I recall the West German women shaved them, whereas the East German women did not. With reunification, they all did.
          The East German women did too, on the morning of the meet, but it grew back by competition time

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dukehjsteve
            I am not obsessed with women's underarms, but I recall the West German women shaved them, whereas the East German women did not. With reunification, they all did.
            I don't think shaving underarms was the standard in those days in many Western European countries, either. I remember reading about how an American audience were shocked at Nena's (of '99 Luftballons' fame) concert when they saw her unshaved armpits. That was the 1980s, and apparently in the FRG it was considered perfectly normal.
            Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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            • #7
              we better not even get into circumcision then !!! :P

              ( albeit there is a very good medical reason to have one, but i won't say as this thread doesn't look to be long-lived )

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Powell
                Originally posted by dukehjsteve
                I am not obsessed with women's underarms, but I recall the West German women shaved them, whereas the East German women did not. With reunification, they all did.
                I don't think shaving underarms was the standard in those days in many Western European countries, either. I remember reading about how an American audience were shocked at Nena's (of '99 Luftballons' fame) concert when they saw her unshaved armpits. That was the 1980s, and apparently in the FRG it was considered perfectly normal.
                Correct---I remember Heide Rosendahl being hirsute at the '72 Olympics.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gh
                  Originally posted by Powell
                  Originally posted by dukehjsteve
                  I am not obsessed with women's underarms, but I recall the West German women shaved them, whereas the East German women did not. With reunification, they all did.
                  I don't think shaving underarms was the standard in those days in many Western European countries, either. I remember reading about how an American audience were shocked at Nena's (of '99 Luftballons' fame) concert when they saw her unshaved armpits. That was the 1980s, and apparently in the FRG it was considered perfectly normal.
                  Correct---I remember Heide Rosendahl being hirsute at the '72 Olympics.
                  I suspect, Ottoz was referring to their faces, not armpits or legs.
                  "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                  by Thomas Henry Huxley

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