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The Fall Line America S Rise To Ski Racing S Summit

Author : Nathaniel Vinton
ISBN : 9780393244786
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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“Great sports writing. . . . [Vinton] is taking us inside a world few ever visit.”—James Hill, Washington Post Harnessing nature’s most powerful forces, elite downhillers descend icy, rugged slopes at speeds cresting 90 miles per hour. For decades, American skiers struggled to match their European counterparts, and until this century the US Ski Team could not claim a lasting foothold on the roof of the Alps, where the sport’s legends are born. Then came a fledgling class of American racers that disrupted the Alpine racing world order. Led by Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety, this band of iconoclasts made a place for their country on some of the world’s most prestigious race courses. Even as new technology amplified the sport’s inherent danger, the US Ski Team learned how to win, and they changed downhill racing forever. The Fall Line is the story of how it all came together, a deeply reported reconstruction of ski racing’s most dramatic season. Drawing on more than a decade of research and candid interviews with some of the sport’s most elusive figures, award-winning journalist Nathaniel Vinton reveals the untold story of how skiers like Vonn and Miller, and their peers and rivals, fought for supremacy at the Olympic Winter Games. Here is an authoritative portrait of a group of men and women taking mortal risks in a bid for sporting glory. A white-knuckled tour through skiing’s deep traditions and least-accessible locales, The Fall Line opens up the sexy, high-stakes world of downhill skiing—its career-ending crashes, million-dollar sponsorship deals, international intrigue, and showdowns with nature itself. With views from the starting gate, the finish line, and treacherous turns in between, The Fall Line delivers the adrenaline of one of the world’s most beautiful and perilous sports alongside a panoramic view of skiing’s past, present, and future.

The Fall Line

Author : Nathaniel Vinton
ISBN : 0393352692
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With five medals at the 2014 Sochi Games, the U.S. Ski Team is now a powerhouse in the edgy sport of downhill racing. Here is the definitive portrait of this golden generation of American skiers. In , award-winning journalist Nathaniel Vinton pairs a fast-paced narrative of the team’s most eventful winter with an intimate depiction of its stars, including Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, and Ted Ligety. Drawing on more than a decade of careful reporting, opens up the entire swashbuckling world of downhill skiing—its ancient roots in the Alps, the million-dollar stakes, and the career-ending crashes. It is a hair-raising account of what a set of former underdogs survived in order to deliver a historic performance on their sport’s biggest stage. delivers the thrill of alpine racing alongside a panoramic view of the sport’s past, present, and future.

Bode Go Fast Be Good Have Fun

Author : Bode Miller
ISBN : 9781588365064
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“I don’t master the mountain, I master speed.” Coming from Bode Miller, this isn’t boasting, it’s just the way he lives: fast, honest, and wide open. In this candid book, the two-time Olympic medalist and champion skier shares his story, the secret of his success, and his philosophy of life. Born and raised “off the grid”–without electricity or indoor plumbing–in the cabin built by his father in the woods near Franconia, New Hampshire (pop. 850), Bode is unconventional to the core. The strong values of his simple upbringing, where he and his family had to “invent, grow, or carry in” all the essentials have made Bode unique among today’s top sports stars. Bode’s approach to life is straightforward: “Get a plan, stick to it, and trust your instincts . . . and almost anything is possible.” And practically since birth, the iconoclastic Bode has been achieving the impossible and laying down tracks for others to follow. He revolutionized his sport by adopting new and crossover technologies, such as “shape” skis. He drives his tradition-bound European rivals to distraction, skiing and winning by instinct. His outsider status, killer smile, and outspoken yet laid-back persona have earned him a reputation as the Michael Jordan of skiing. Men’s Journal named Bode the second greatest athlete in the world. And in the 2005 season, Bode may have moved up a notch by becoming the first American to win the Overall World Cup Alpine championship in twenty-two years. In short, he is the kind of person everybody wants to know and hang out with. In a book loaded with insight, good humor, and eye-opening stories about the world of competitive skiing, Bode, as always, holds nothing back. From the Hardcover edition.

The Fall Line

Author : Nathaniel Vinton
ISBN : 0393244776
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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A behind-the-scenes portrait of the world of alpine ski racing and the achievements of today's American ski athletes documents the story of the 2014 Olympics team while assessing the contributions of key stars, including Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn.

Ski Faster

Author : Lisa Feinberg Densmore
ISBN : 0071343814
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Ski Faster Learn to ski as expert racers do, even if you never plan to enter a starting gate. You don't need nerves of steel and a passion for flying down slopes at 85 mph to benefit from the competitive-level advice and insider anecdotes in this book. In fact, even if moving at 15 mph on the intermediate slope makes you nervous, Ski Faster is for you . . . if you want to ski better . . . have more fun on the slopes . . . and learn how to carve those new shaped skis like a pro. "The best skiers are ski racers," writes Densmore, pointing out the technical impact of champions such as Jean Claude Killy, Stein Ericksen, and Ingemar Stenmark. In this book, Densmore shows all skiers how to apply champion racing techniques not only to gain speed but to improve skill. Ski Faster shows you how to Prepare for and enjoy any kind of alpine race, no matter what your present skill level Tell a slalom course from a Giant slalom or Super G Get more fun out of skiing by mastering better technique Ski professionally with improved form and better-carved turns Understand how the new shaped skis improve your carving and racing potential With pro-level guidance on training and conditioning . . . on-snow and dry-land drills . . . waxing tricks . . . faster starts . . . course tactics . . . mental preparation, including conquering fear of speed . . . tips from top racers . . . and over a hundred illustrations that make it all easier to understand, Ski Faster is the finest race-preparation manual available. "A must-have in any Alpine master's ski library." --Bill Skinner, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Masters Coordinator and Park City Resort Masters Coach "The most complete ski racing book written! It's an encyclopedia that reads like a personal diary of a ski racer. Whatever your interest or ability, this book will help you ski better and Ski Faster!" --Dave Merriam, Director of the Stowe Ski and Snowboard School and Head Coach of the PSIA Demonstration Team "Lisa Feinberg Densmore has compiled a comprehensive digest of pertinent concepts, details, and personal accounts to form an improvement road map for recreational skiers, beginning-to-seasoned racers, instructors, coaches, parents, and fans. I'll recommend this book to many people." --David Ojala, Program Director, Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Team

Ski To Die

Author : Jennifer Woodlief
ISBN : 1578602483
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Bill Johnson took the world by storm at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, coming out of nowhere to win the first American gold medal in downhill skiing. He went on to dominate the World Cup races that same year. His success made him an overnight celebrity, but his fame was fleeting. He never won another race, and personal tragedy seemed to follow him at every turn. With his post-Olympic life spiraling out of control, Johnson decided to do the unthinkable -- make a comeback at the age of forty. He had his motto, "Ski to Die,” tattooed on his right bicep. In a race at Big Mountain, fearless and in the lead with one turn to go, Johnson crashed face-first into the icy mountain at fifty miles per hour. Ski to Die is a story about the cost of chasing dreams. It is about glory and the attempt to recapture it once it is lost. More than a cautionary tale, Ski to Die is a rise-fall-rise-again story -- because against all odds, Bill Johnson’s story doesn’t end at Big Mountain.

World Class

Author : Peggy Shinn
ISBN : 9781512601817
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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What makes a great team? Sports journalist Peggy Shinn answers this question in her enthralling account of the dramatic rise of the U.S. women's cross-country ski team, winners of eight medals at three world championships over the past five years. Shinn's story - based on dozens of interviews with athletes, coaches, parents, spouses, and friends - paints a vivid picture of the obstacles that America's female athletes must overcome not just to ski with the world's best, but to beat them. In a sport where U.S. women have toiled for decades, mostly in the middle or the back of the pack, the development of a world-class team attests to the heady combination of a transformational leader, a coach who connects with his athletes, the super-fast individual skiers who are also conscientious teammates - and a bit of good luck. This is the story of Kikkan Randall, Liz Stephen, Holly Brooks, Jessie Diggins, Ida Sargent, Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell, Rosie Brennan, and coach Matt Whitcomb - and how they created the perfect team.

Extreme Downhill Ski Racing

Author : Virginia Loh-Hagan
ISBN : 9781634711913
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Extreme Downhill Ski Racing presents the thrills and spills of this intriguing extreme sport. The carefully written, considerate text will hold the readers' interest and allow for successful mastery and comprehension. Written with a high interest level to appeal to a more mature audience, these books maintain a lower level of complexity with clear visuals to help struggling readers along. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance achievement and comprehension.

Skiing

Author : Georges Joubert
ISBN : PSU:000007380808
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Mikaela Shiffrin

Author : Jon M. Fishman
ISBN : 9781467764254
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her first world championship in slalom in 2013. She was just getting warmed up. In 2014, she won a gold medal in the same event as a member of Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Mikaela was the youngest person to ever win an Olympic slalom competition. At an event a few weeks later, she was named world champion for the second year in a row. Learn more about this young star with an incredibly bright future.

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