I knew that Hitler disliked eating meat, but I wasn’t aware he also was anti-skiing. “What pleasure can there be in prolonging the horrible winter artificially by staying in the mountains?” he once said to Albert Speer. “If I had my way I’d forbid these sports, with all the accidents people have doing them.”
But if National Geographic is right, there is indeed a connection: The first people to ski downhill, it avers, likely were hunters running down deer.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.