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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"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."
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."
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786714223
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2004
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 684,743
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Encouraging Words for Transplant Patients

    I received this book as part of my preparation from my transplant center. Like Chris Klug, I have the same disease & am waiting for my liver transplant. He offers solid information along with the added bonus that he's lived been through this experience already. He answered so many of my questions and has helped me to prepare as much as possible with his simple, encouraging words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    Blasting Through Roadblocks

    No matter who you are, where you come from, there will always be roadblocks in life. However, it is important to know that you can blast right through them, and no one is more perfect of an example than Chris Klug. This biography of Chris Klug, tells the riveting true story of his heroic comeback from a liver transplant to becoming an olympic medalist in snowboarding. I found this biography phenomenal, as it alone can give anyone the courage to do anything in life. It documents the power of the human spirit and the determination everyone has inside of them. This story has the power to dig deep into the reader and pull out the confidence and courage needed to accomplish any dreams they have. I would strongly recommend everyone and anyone to read this biography. Wither you are looking for a story about snowboarding, or a new found determination to push you towards accomplishing your dreams, it can be found in 'To the Edge and Back.'

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