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Longboards to Olympics

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2010 First Place and Best Nonfiction Awards

Longboards to Olympics: A Century of Tahoe Winter Sports is the only book that tells the fascinating story of how winter sports took Northern California by storm and captured the imagination of a nation. From the early exploits of John "Snowshoe" Thompson, America's first free-style alpine skier, through the 1930s, a breakout decade for Skisport when thousands attended ski jumps in Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Follow the exploits of the famed 10th Mountain Division who bravely fought their way into history during World War II.

Illustrated with 180 images, many never before published, this 288-page book has earned rave reviews for its uplifting stories that pay tribute to the accomplishments of early American ski pioneers. This entertaining collection concludes with a comprehensive look at the legendary 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley USA, the seminal event that launched Lake Tahoe into the international spotlight for world-class winter sports.

Endorsements for Longboards to Olympics: A Century of Tahoe Winter Sports

"Mark's book on the history of skiing in the Sierra is a real accomplishment in popular history, and a must-read for anyone interested in the history of ski racing."

    Seth Masia, Editor, Skiing Heritage: Journal of the International Skiing History Association

"I really like this book! It's an easy read and each chapter showcases important winter sports pioneers and events. I teach and live an empowering 'no limits' philosophy and I really identify with the positive, can-do spirit Mark reveals in this entertaining book."

    Mark Wellman, Nationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and motivational speaker.

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