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This Day In History

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

1968 was a memorable year in American History. Both Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were tragically assassinated. The war in Vietnam raged on. Lyndon Johnson, who had succeeded John Kennedy as President of the United States decided not to run for re-election paving the way for Richard Nixon to become the 37th President of the United States.

But most importantly, on February 5, 1968 American Skier Robin Morning broke her leg in a practice run in Grenoble France one day before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

20 Year old Robin Morning rests comfortably in Grenoble France hospital after breaking her leg in a ski run prior to the 1968 Olympics

During her hospital stay, Robin was visited by numerous Olympians including Jean-Claude Killy and Peggy Fleming

According to news reports at the time, Robin hit a rut in high wind and had to helicoptered off the mountain to a base hospital.

At the ripe old age of 20, Robin was a well know figure in American skiing. Her injury was covered extensively in US newspapers including these clips from the New York times.

Robin's injury was important enough to earn her a front page story of the New York Times Sports Page

Here is the detail of Robin's injury from the New York Times Article

As a kid, Robin Grew up in Mammoth, California in a ski family.

Robin on the far right with family members a few years before her accident in Grenoble

After her recovery from the injury, Robin attended college in California and became an elementary school teacher. She gave ski lessons on the side and never lost her love of skiing.

Robin aged well. This picture was taken of Robin around 2010.

Robin raised two children who are now grown. At age 70, she still has the beauty and vitality she displayed 50 year ago.

At the age of 70, Robin is now a grandmother. Still a very beautiful woman

Postscript. 1968 was a very popular year for broken bones. In 1968, Richard Nixon's daughter, Julie, married Dwight Eisenhower's son, David. It is extremely unusual for the off spring of US President's to marry.

Julie, who was a teacher and librarian , managed to tip a book cart onto her foot shortly after the wedding. She broke her big toe and ended up in a short leg cast.

Julie shown here with her father Richard Nixon

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