To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder by Chris Klug, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder

To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder

by Chris Klug
     
 

Displaying faith, courage, and perseverance, snowboard racer Chris Klug battled for years to have his "extreme" sport accepted in the mainstream. He rose through the World Cup ranks and won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics less than two years after undergoing a lifesaving liver transplant. Not since Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike has a stricken

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Displaying faith, courage, and perseverance, snowboard racer Chris Klug battled for years to have his "extreme" sport accepted in the mainstream. He rose through the World Cup ranks and won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics less than two years after undergoing a lifesaving liver transplant. Not since Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike has a stricken athlete's story been as poised to transcend the sport. In 1996, during snowboarding's World Cup season, Chris was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis—the same disease that would cause the death of his childhood hero, football great Walter Payton. His four-year wait for a donor came to an end when his rapidly failing liver prompted doctors to move him up on the transplant list. With the shooting death of a thirteen-year-old boy, Chris was given the organ that gave him a second chance at life. From his youth as a high school football hero, to his campaign for snowboarding's acceptance, and through surgery, recovery, and Olympic glory, every setback and victory in Chris Klug's ride is riveting. To the Edge and Back will be cherished as a story of an athlete who represents the best of the human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786714223
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
11/05/2004
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
439,769
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.94(d)

What People are saying about this

"If you ever feel like your life needs a little kick in the pants, then Chris Klug's new book, TO THE EDGE AND BACK, may be just what you need to start your engine."
Sean Elliot
By returning to snowboarding after receiving an organ transplant, Chris Klug has shown the courage, resolve, and faith that make me proud to call myself a fellow transplant recipient. By reaching the Olympic medals podium, he has become one of the most inspirational athletes of our generation. And with TO THE EDGE AND BACK, he gives us a story that stands as a moving tale of a fierce competitor and a clarion call to support organ donation.
former NBA star and transplant recipient
Tommy G. Thompson
Chris Klug is a model for all of us with his courage, perseverance, and will to live. He is a special inspiration to every person on the waiting list for an organ. He is a true American hero-as are all the individuals who decide to be donors and talk to their loved ones about their decision to donate the gift of life.
Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Snowbaording News
"If you ever feel like your life needs a little kick in the pants, then Chris Klug's new book, TO THE EDGE AND BACK, may be just what you need to start your engine."

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