I myself preferred Greigs skating. It was so unstereotyped, so intrinsically his own, less influenced by Grenander than any of his contemporaries. I think this was mainly the result of his superb physical strength, on which was based all the beauty and power of his performance.
Once, I remember, he had promised to skate a show at Samaden, near St. Moritz, on a date which would have allowed him a week or so at the 6,000 ft. altitude in which to get acclimatised. But he was delayed in London on business, and found himself in the train on the way up to St. Moritz on the day of the show. He quickly changed into costume black tights and lion tamer jacket in the train and, leaving his luggage on the platform; with guards on his skates, he strode along to the rink, skated a four-minute show and an encore, then, returning to the station, he found the train still there, waiting for the St. Moritz Coire train to pass through, boarded it, re-changed and in due course took tea in the Kuim Hotel. Yes! There was something to remember in the skating of this grand fourteen-stone athlete. Not only did he win the British Championship three times, but on one or two occasions he was highly placed in the World and European Championships. Incidentally, later on, although no longer young, he took to ski-ing like a duck takes to water and became one of the first British skiers to jump with any degree of success.
The Early Years upto 1914
Part 11
The Early Years upto 1914 (Part 12). The Early Years upto 1914 Index.