Catching the Sky

Catching the Sky


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Discover the true “uplifting, exhilarating, tragic and triumphant” (The Dallas Morning News) story of the Moore brothers’ heartbreaking experience at the Aspen Winter X Games from the man who lived it as he struggled to move on from tragedy, defeat the odds, honor his family, and win gold.

Colten and Caleb Moore were two brothers who heeded the call of extreme sports. Their dreams, paired with hard work and family sacrifice, eventually became reality. With their striking athleticism, innovation, and appetite for risk, the Moore brothers became stars on the burgeoning freestyle ATV and snowmobile circuits. If it had wheels or treads, they could flip it—often higher and better than anyone else—joining a band of pioneers intent on breaking new ground and in a new sport before multitudes of fans at the X Games and beyond.

In this vivid, page-turning adventure narrative, Colten Moore offers a profound and deeply moving perspective on his life and that of his older brother, who tragically lost his life while competing in Aspen in 2013. Catching the Sky is a clear-eyed look at extreme sports, what drives people to take wild chances, and how one man, Colten, couldn’t stop even after the worst possible outcome. His story reminds us that we can dream and sometimes achieve the impossible, that we can follow our own path, that we can lose everything, only to find it again—often in the most unlikely place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501117251
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Colten Moore is a six-time X Games medalist and a pioneer in the world of extreme sports. He has competed and performed around the world but will always consider his native Texas home. He lives in suburban Dallas.

Keith O’Brien is an award-winning journalist. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Slate, and on NPR. He is the author of Outside Shot, a book chronicling the power and meaning of basketball in rural Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

Part I The Flatlands

Come and Get It 11

Full-Blooded 14

The Hardest Kind of Life 20

Honky-Tonk Savior 25

Cow Palace 29

Trophies 36

College Money 44

You're Not Going to Like Me 58

Sketchy 74

To Practice and Be Safe 80

Panic Rev 86

Part II The Valley

This Darn Contraption 95

Adrenaline Era 104

Seven Hundred Pounds 113

Cockamamie 122

Follow Me 129

Rookies 135

Going Big 145

Cruel 152

As the Snow Falls 160

Twenty Minutes 171

Part III The Mountaintop

Streets of Gold 183

Stakeholders 192

Mental Lists 197

Some People Have It 205

On Board 214

Gambling 222

Epilogue 236

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

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