- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.