Contestants line up for 7th annual barrel-jumping event at Grossinger's Resort in the Catskill Mountains, near the Village of Liberty, New York. They skate toward the camera. Spectators watch the event. Behind them is posted a contestant's name, "Coallier," and the mumber of barrels he will attempt to jump (14). Officials in striped shirts stand near a line of barrels as a skater Speeds toward them and clears all but the last and falls upon landing. Another skater tries, but lands in the midst of the barrels. Several more barrel jumpers are seen, most failing to clear all the barrels in their attempts. But even those who do, end up sliding across the ice into barriers designed to cushion their impact. Finally, the defending champ, Leo Lebel, of Hartford, Connecticut, who also won in 1956, clears 16 barrels to win the event. (Note: Leo Lebel went on to win this event in 1958 and 1959, as well.)
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