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[it's solved: Mirror of Ice by Gary Wright] Years ago, I read a short story in an anthology, (a collection of SF-shorts), which was about ice-racing. A dozen pilots went down a glacier/gletscher mountain, in, I assume, bobsled-like vehicles. They were dare devils, committed to racing, but since this was fairly dangerous, also all kind of crazy. It was probably the authors idea to do a Formula 1-on-ice, but even more spectacular.

(beware, spoilers)

I can remember two lines: "They only found the body of XXXX the following Spring, when the ice had melted" and a fictional interview with the winner of the race: Q: "When did you feel you started to lose control?" A: "At the starting line"

The anthology maker could be Gardner Dozois, or Geoffrey/Geoff something or someone else entirely.

Era: definitely before the 80s (1940-1980), but most likely before the seventies, so 1950-1970

Question: what was its name and author?

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    If someone posts the correct answer, you can accept by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons, as per the tour.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 22 at 15:43
  • Having reread the story, I didn't realize that the story is open-ended! Actually, the story doesn't really stop after the race, he merely describes in his mind what happens after a race. But not this one,.....
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    Nov 23 at 11:59
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This is Mirror of Ice by Gary Wright, first published in the June 1967 issue of Galaxy Magazine.

Some relevant extracts:

But others had not been so lucky.

Hans Kroger: they finally dug his body out of eighteen feet of snow; he'd gone -all the way to the dirt. His sled had been airborne -when he blew and upside-down!

Jarl Yorgensen: his sled tumbling and he ejected directly under the following sleds. No one was certain that all of him was ever found)

Max Conrad: a perfect blowout! At least 350 feet up and slightly downhill . . . His chute never opened.

The hospital. How many times had he awakened here? And it was always wonderfully the same: gentle warmth and his body finally relaxed and he would test it piece by piece to see what was bent and broken this time; and always the newsmen and the writers and the other assorted ghouls, and always the question and answer period. Punchlining, they called it. . . .

"How did it happen?"

"I dozed off."

"Why didn't you eject?"

"Parachuting is dangerous."

"When did you realize you were out of control?"

"At the starting line."

"What will you do now?"

"Heal."

"Will you race again?"

. . . "It's possible."

You can read the full story here.

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    :) Accepted answer at scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/242678/…. I took too long trying to find where I'd answered this before.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 22 at 15:42
  • Thanks. It seems the anthology was by Harry Harrison. That kind of feels right, as in, he seems of the same era, but I don't really remember it like that.
    – Sara Phina
    Nov 23 at 11:58

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