“Alpine Achievement: A Chronicle Of The United States Disabled Ski Team by Lori Batcheller is the first book to thoroughly chronicle the history and sport of disabled alpine skiing. From the inception of this activity in Europe after World War II down to the present day, and with an especial focus on how the U.S. Disabled Ski Team triumphed over their disabilities to become high-caliber athletes, Alpine Achievement is as much a story of hope, success, and making the most of oneself as it is a story of sport on snowy slopes. Alpine Achievement is highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in skiing in general, and disability rehabilitation/athletic competition in particular.”
Midwest Book Review, May 2002, www.midwestbookreview.com
A book by Lori Batcheller covers the true story of one of the most remarkable teams of athletes to conquer the slopes, featuring 2002 Paralympic gold medalists Sarah Will and Chris Devlin-Young, silver medalists Muffy Davis, and Chris Waddell, bronze medalists Sandy Dukat and Lacey Heward and other members of the 2002 Paralympic Team!
There are few people as inspiring as the athletes above. Their drive, perseverance, discipline, optimism, and unstoppably positive attitude is an example for all. They show us that there is nothing that can’t be done without some effort and willpower, focus and strength. The sky is the limit.
So no matter what your dream is — climbing a mountain, completing a triathlon, earning an associates degree or traveling the world — you can make it happen. Read this book and let these incredible athletes share their winning attitude and character with you. They never took no for an answer, never let an obstacle be anything to worry about. Nor should you.
The first book to offer a detailed and powerful account of disabled alpine skiing, Alpine Achievement chronicles the sport from its inception to its modern day competitions and includes an extensive list of resources and ski areas offering adaptive skiing.
Preface by Picabo Street, Olympic Gold Medalist and US Ski Team member
Foreword by Jimmy Heuga, former US Ski Team member and founder of the Heuga Center
A portion of each book sale goes directly to support US Disabled Ski Team members.
Some Reviews of Alpine Achievement:
“Lori Batcheller’s Alpine Achievement is both an enjoyable read and comprehensive resource for anyone with an interest in disabled alpine skiing. From stories of the athletes’ adjustment to their disability to their experience training for and skiing with the USDST to the historical perspective of the sport, this book covers it all.”
Chairman, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
“A must read for adaptive ski program instructors, volunteers, people with disabilities, and anyone interested learning about the exciting and rewarding sport of disabled skiing.”
Founder and Recreation Program Director, National Sports Center for the Disabled.
“Finally, a book that captures the rewarding journey of becoming an elite disabled ski racer.”
Head Coach, United States Disabled Ski Team
“An important resource that chronicles the developing history of disabled skiing and adaptive ski equipment in the United States.”
Executive Director, New England Ski Museum
“For those of us with snow, speed & skis in our blood, whether we have all our limbs or not, this all comes naturally & Alpine Achievement is a book worthy of their efforts. For those of us without that passion, this is a book that will light a torch in your heart and soul . . . Alpine Achievement is an exciting, exhilarating, informative edition to your sports library.”
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“This is a wonderful mix of history, biography, and encouragement that is well written and keeps the readers interest throughout.”
“I love books that open our eyes. This one will change the way you look at people with disabilities.”
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“A pleasure to read. Ms. Batcheller brings us the inspiring stories of courage and spirit that make the US Disabled Ski Team #1.”
—Kathy Kroll, Paramus New Jersey
“A valuable resource for all rehabilitation professionals on the sport of disabled skiing and an enjoyable read.”
—Dr. Robert Krotenberg, M.D.
Senior Medical Officer/Medical Director, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
“This is a well-written account, easily worth five stars.”
—Joseph Pierre, Amazon.com