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The Fall Line - How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge: Book by Nathaniel Vinton

The Fall Line - How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge

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ISBN: 9780393244779    Publisher: WW Norton & Co Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 384        Language: English
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,...Read more
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 equipment 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."
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Mandatory, and riveting, reading." -- Mandatory, and riveting, reading."-Sam Roberts "This is a ripping, compulsively readable, deeply reported journey into the sporting world's least-known...Read more
Mandatory, and riveting, reading." -- Mandatory, and riveting, reading."-Sam Roberts "This is a ripping, compulsively readable, deeply reported journey into the sporting world's least-known subcultures. Nathaniel Vinton delivers the danger, the surprises, and the high-octane personalities that will take readers to the edge, and then past it." -- Daniel Coyle, New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Race and The Talent Code "Set against the backdrop of spectacular mountains, Vinton's account combines history, biography, corporate politics, and environmental issues into a compelling narrative detailing the past and present of Alpine ski racing." "The Fall Line unfolds like an exhilarating downhill race. Chronicling the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Nathaniel Vinton weaves deftly between technical descriptions of the art of skiing and intimate portraits of the sport's motley band of luminaries. This is as inside as an account can be of one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history." -- David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance "Nathaniel Vinton's reporting skill and skiing expertise underpin this thrill ride with the US Ski Team. All the politics and drama around the making of a US dynasty are delivered with new insights and details on its daring-and sometimes rebellious-stars. You don't know Bode Miller or Lindsey Vonn until you read The Fall Line." -- Selena Roberts, filmmaker, best-selling author, and former sports writer for the New York Times and Sports Illustrated "The Fall Line is a riveting, richly informed ride down the world's most renowned ski slopes, chronicling the ascendance of American skiing and the outsized stars, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, who epitomize it." -- Wayne Coffey, author of The Boys of Winter "One of the best books written about the world of professional ski racing." "[A]n intriguing book that will be devoured by fans as well as those who don't know a slalom from a super G." "[T]he finest book ever written about World Cup racing... Worth reading for its portrayal of Bode Miller alone-as nuanced as Miller is complicated-it's richly detailed and vivid throughout, informed by Vinton's unrivaled behind-the-scenes access to the sport's athletes, coaches, and peripheral players. His love of the sport and respect for the courage of its heroes shines through on every page. At last, American ski racing gets the book it deserves." -- Joe Cutts "A classic study of the way [Bode] Miller and [Lindsey] Vonn came their separate ways to the top of the sport. Vinton tells a complex story involving dozens of racers, coaches, technicians, sponsors and family members. ... His turn-by-turn descriptions of the ways skiers win - or crash - in significant races are among the best you'll find in the literature. The Fall Line is a must-read for ski racing fans." -- Seth Maisa "Nathaniel Vinton has written what may be the best book ever about the U.S. Ski Team and the highest levels of alpine ski competition. Vinton has been one of the most astute observers of ski racing for more than a dozen years, with both a writer's instinct for telling a good story and an insider's knowledge of the sport. ... Even if you don't care about ski racing, you find yourself rooting for these athletes. And even if you know what happened, you find your pulse racing as you read about it." "Drawing on his deep expertise in the history of abolitionism, Foner demonstrates that one cannot understand the origins of the American Civil War without taking into account the resistance and activism of fugitive slaves and their antislavery allies... Foner dispels the lingering aura of myth surrounding the Underground Railroad by documenting scores of stirring escapes." -- Drawing on his deep expertise in the history of abolitionism, Foner demonstrates that one cannot understand the origins of the American Civil War without taking into account the resistance and activis
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