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

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

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A journey into the worlda€™s original extreme sport: downhill ski racing. Harnessing naturea€™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 sporta€™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 worlda€™s most prestigious race courses. Even as new technology amplified the sporta€™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 racinga€™s most dramatic season. Drawing on more than a decade of research and candid interviews with some of the sporta€™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 skiinga€™s deep traditions and least-accessible locales, The Fall Line opens up the sexy, high-stakes world of downhill skiinga€”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 worlda€™s most beautiful and perilous sports alongside a panoramic view of skiinga€™s past, present, and future.That necessitated aflight to Austria for emergency surgery to repair a damaged tendon. Now here she was ... showcase athlete. She had amassed trophies and records and earnedmillions ofdollars in endorsement feesand prize money. Butwithanbsp;...

Title:The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge
Author:Nathaniel Vinton
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2015-02-02


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