Ski to Die: The Bill Johnson Story

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Bill Johnson took the world by storm at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, coming out of nowhere to win the first American gold medal in downhill skiing. He went on to dominate the World Cup races that same year. His success made him an overnight celebrity, but his fame was fleeting. He never won another race, and personal tragedy seemed to follow him at every turn. With his post-Olympic life spiraling out of control, Johnson decided to do the unthinkable make a comeback at the age of forty. He had his motto, Ski to Die,” tattooed on his right bicep. In a race at Big Mountain, fearless and in the lead with one turn to go, Johnson crashed face-first into the icy mountain at fifty miles per hour. Ski to Die is a story about the cost of chasing dreams. It is about glory and the attempt to recapture it once it is lost. More than a cautionary tale, Ski to Die is a rise-fall-rise-again story because against all odds, Bill Johnson’s story doesn’t end at Big Mountain.

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While Johnson has been profiled in the media many times over the years, SKI TO DIE is the first full-length account of Bill Johnson’s rise and fall. Unlike the sanitized made-for-TV movie created after his gold medal victory, author Jennifer Woodlief, with Johnson’s full cooperation, gives readers the whole story—a gritty, cautionary tale about the price paid for pursuing dreams. With the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin just around the corner, Bill Johnson and SKI TO DIE are certain to make headlines

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"The book makes you feel like living every day to its fullest, because you never know what's around that next turn."

--Picabo Street, two-time Olympic medalist

Journalist Jennifer Woodlief interviewed dozens of people in the skiing world, including Bode Miller, Frank Gifford, Franz Klammer, Phil Mahre, Tommy Moe, Picabo Street and Daron Rahlves to find out what went wrong in the life of this arrogant, stubborn, and amazingly talented Olympic bad boy.

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