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Over the course of two January days in 1905, in the town of Glarus, Switzerland, the world's best skiers gathered before a crowd of more than 10,000 spectators for Switzerland's first-ever national ski championship — the Grosses Ski-Renne der Schweiz.

The women competed in a two-kilometer race that was open to international hopefuls, though most racers were Swiss. And the winner that day, Anny Jenny, was just 15 years old.

Anny Jenny (née Anna Jacober) was born in 1889. When she died in 1978, at the age of 88, part of the legacy she instilled in all her descendants was her love of the mountains and skiing.

Her son, Hans K. Jenny, raced in the famed Lauberhorn ski race in Wengen, Switzerland, and other major European venues. The entire Jenny family today enjoys skiing in both the Swiss Alps and at America's great ski mountains.

In her memory, and with deep gratitude to Dartmouth, the Jenny family of Wayland, Massachusetts:

  • Andrea W. Jenny & Christopher T. Jenny '77
  • Alexander R. Jenny '10
  • Christopher R. Jenny '12
  • Lauren B. Jenny '14
  • Elizabeth R. Jenny '19
have endowed the Anny Jenny Head Coach of Women's Alpine Skiing, in the hope that many generations of Dartmouth women to come will compete and thrive on the alpine slopes.
Anny Jenny among racers

The competition at the 1905 National Ski Championship in Switzerland.