Book details

224 Pages
Publication date: October 2019
Imprint: PANTAURO
Wolfgang Maria Gran Andreas Schaad

Legends

History and Stories fo Alpine Skiing

JUST ORDINARY SUPERHEROES

Hardly anything causes as much national hysteria in the Alpine countries as skiing. »Queens« and »Emperors« are crowned, a hundredth of a second decides between triumph and tragedy. This book frees the human side of ski sports from the chokehold of the glossy hero worship.

But all those skiing superheroes, talked up by the media, are ordinary people, too. With doubts and bad days that are rarely reflected in the heroic legends.

In numerous portraits and photos of former and current greats of this sport, including Marcel Hirscher, Lindsay Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Alberto Tomba, or Aksel Lund Svindal, the authors focus on examining the human side—of the great victors and triumphators but also of those who fail to reap their big reward despite putting in the same hard work.

A book that tells numerous stories that never made it into the history books as well as talking about moments of glory.

Author

Wolfgang Maria Gran

Wolfgang Maria Gran was born in 1962. As managing editor of the sports section of the Kronen Zeitung in Salzburg he has reported from the World Ski Championships and the Olympic Games. His biography on Hans Krankl was a Number 1 bestseller.

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