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ISBN:0786714220
Author: Chris Klug
ISBN13: 978-0786714223
Title: To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder
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Language: English
Category: Diseases and Physical Ailments
Publisher: Da Capo Press (November 5, 2004)
Pages: 360

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



Chris Klug is the first athlete ever to win an Olympic medal after organ transplant surgery. He has compiled four World Cup victories, three Grand Prix wins, five national titles, a . Open victory, a bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics, and is in training for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He was one of the eight Olympians chosen to carry the Ground Zero flag into the 2002 Winter Games Opening Ceremonies. He lives in Aspen, Colorado. I recently purchased this book because I would be meeting Chris Klug and wanted to know his story. My youngest grandson was given a kidney by my oldest grandson about 2 years ago. We were invited on the Rocky Mountaineer Life Changing Train for Heroes as was Chris Klug and his family along with other recipients and/or donor families. These 40 people have incredible stories and became life long friends in a very short time.

This book will have you both laughing hysterically and crying. To The Edge and Back" is not only a truly inspirational story of Chris Klug and his epic story of going from Organ Transplant survivor to Olympic Athlete; it also speaks to the history and character of the sport of snowboarding. From it's beginnings as an "outcast" sport that "will never last" to becoming an Olympic sport, "To the Edge and Back" gives us a peak into what snowboarding (and its athletes) are all about and the obstacles that the sport has had to overcome.

In 2004, Klug released a book called To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder. He is an active supporter of organ donation and recently founded the Chris Klug Foundation and Donor Dudes to spread awareness of the need for organ donors. 2 Chris Klug Foundation. Klug is married to Melissa April. They live in Aspen, Colorado and Sisters, Oregon with their two children. Chris Klug Foundation.

Chris Klug’s degenerative liver disease. Chris Klug is the world famous snowboard racer who had fought ceaselessly to make snowboarding sport accepted into the mainstream. He has penned all the details of the interim period in his book titled ‘To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder’. Source: Peak Wellness (Snowboarder Chris Klug). Chris Klug in 1993 was diagnosed with a rare degenerative bile duct condition called PSC (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis).

Professional Snowboarder, Organ Transplant Recipient, Olympic Medalist. Chris Klug won the bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic games, and was the first American to compete with an organ transplant. Chris Klug came to the wall of the finish area, jumped into the crowd of family and friends, and got hugs all around. His brother Jim handed him a big American Flag on a ski pole, and he held it high as he greeted coaches, well wishers and the press in the finish area

After receiving a liver transplant in 2000 to treat primary sclerosing cholangitis, he had gone on to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, winning a bronze medal in the Parallel Giant Slalom. This was the first and so far only time a transplantee had competed in the Olympics, either winter or summer. He additionally won a bronzemedal, and lit the torch at the 2002 National Kidney Foundation . He is an alumnus of Deerfield Academy In 2004, Klug released a book called To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder.

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Chris Klug competed in all of the disciplines early on in his snowboarding career. It helped him become a strong, all-around rider. In 2004, Klug released a book entitled, To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder. His story proves that every successful career has its trying times, and a Chris Klug speaker appearance is an opportunity to remind your audience to fight through even the most difficult of circumstances. Chris Klug Speech Demo added over 6 years ago. Speech Topics

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.
Reviews: 7
Thetahuginn
This is an excellent story of a determined athlete to overcome all odds, to obtain and to survive a liver transplant, then to bounce back to win an Olympic gold medal. It is written clearly, in an interesting manner. The author's expression of gratitude towards the donor family, and all other donor families, and his work in encouraging organ donation is exemplary.

I came across this book while searching under the keywords Liver Transplant. There is proportionally very little about liver transplant as such in this book. The author is diagnosed with liver failure, put on a waiting list, moved up on it, then he got the transplant, and he recovered quite well after that, and went on to win an Olympic medal. These things in themselves are interesting, but the liver transplant in this narration is presented in an off-hand, passing manner, with an eye on the snow covered peaks. His description of the surgery, as if he was awake during it, is interesting, and not generally available elsewhere in books like this. The transplant itself almost turns out to be a non-event here, and is treated by the author as a hindrance or a nuisance to be gotten out of the way to something else that matters more. There is some information about liver transplant in this book, and some may find it to be adequate. The author does not claim to be writing an encyclopedic work on liver transplant either.

As a non-athletic, non-skier person, I actually found 2-3 chapters about the transplant holding my attention. I skimmed through the rest, which others have found captivating, and it probably is. Therefore, the conclusion, that this is an excellent book, but it is not the first choice for someone primarily interested in liver transplant.
Goll
This book was page after page of snowboarding races and the insanely boring journey for the olympics. Yes, the man has drive and worked hard to reach his goals. I skipped through all but the material related to transplant because the endless chapters literally put me to sleep about how fabulous this guy is. I wanted to read about Liver Transplant from someone who actually experienced it. My daughter is on the "list" and I was hoping to find a common ground or something to inspire her. Maybe 2 mere chapters covered the transplant. Chris made it seem like a trip to the dentist, an annoying problem stopping him from surfing, snowboarding and traveling the world and being all around great. Probably not realistic for the rest of us humans let alone a 15 year old girl to have a transplant and be up and ready to go in three days.
Xtintisha
A great book about overcoming some of life's hardest challenges
Best West
This is an amazing story about an Olympic snowboarder who underwent organ transplant and then came back to win a bronze medal! It is an inspiring and exciting story and makes for a good read. Highly recommend it.
Anazan
My husband loves this book. He is going through the same thing, and this book is helping him greatly. Great read for anyone about to go on this journey.
Stan
The motivation and dreams of a champion are inspirational. Champions operate on a different set of parameters that set them apart from the rest of mortal humans. Chris' passion helps bring snowboarding mainstream and carry it forward to world and Olympic competition. As life throws us curve balls always, Chris must fight the fight of his life with his health in order to live out his dream. He is true champion in every sense of the word and now a organ donor recipient and spokes person-helping others in ways he could never dream. Great easy read. Loved it, love him. Local flavor from a favorite play ground.
Kaim
Chris Klug and Steve Jackson's account of the Olympian's triumphant life is an excellent example of the modern sports autobiography: Truly spoken, well-written, and a glimpse inside a sport not too many readers probably know too much about. But it's Klug's life -- so far -- that intrigues. Like Lance Armstrong, Klug has faced adversity outside of sports and conquered it, making his athletic achievement so much more important and interesting. Top-notch work.
Very inspiring story. I recently purchased this book because I would be meeting Chris Klug and wanted to know his story. My youngest grandson was given a kidney by my oldest grandson about 2 years ago. We were invited on the Rocky Mountaineer Life Changing Train for Heroes as was Chris Klug and his family along with other recipients and/or donor families. These 40 people have incredible stories and became life long friends in a very short time.