Skiing to Win

Skiing to Win

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  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 788g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • United States
  • 0152754008
  • 9780152754006

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It has long been acknowledged by Europeans that winning World Cup races requires professional commitment and financial support from equipment manufacturers or other patrons. Edwards covers the careers of great European racers, emphasizing their indomitable will to win and the scientific training principles and style that have revolutionized ski racing. America's best skiers, including the Cochran sisters and cross-country phenomenon Martha Rockwell, labor, on the other hand, under the burden of a hypocritical ideal of amateurism, though their more relaxed attitude towards racing contrasts favorably (in our minds at least) with Austrian star Karl Schranz's almost fanatical devotion to victory - "If I say I must win at any price, and if another says the same thing, it is impossible that that person can be my friend." An unusually candid overview of competitive skiing from the grand slalom to the less publicized Nordic events, with some bonus advice for true amateurs on ski touring, getting the most out of free skiing and entering an occasional race. (Kirkus Reviews)
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