New sports books inspire, teach: Master winter sports with the help of expert advice

Published: January 26 2014 | 7:01 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:41 am in

The Olympic Games evokes admiration and inspiration unlike any other global sporting event.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, begins Feb. 7 bringing with it a two-week worldwide rush of excitement.

But you don’t have to wait for the opening ceremonies to start enjoying these events. The Cedar Rapids Public Library’s new non-fiction collection will transport you to a winter sports wonderland.

In the preface to their “Mastering Snowboarding” book, Olympic gold medalist and X Games champ Hannah Teter and sports writer Tawnya Schultz describe this wonderland as offered by snowboarding: “Maybe it will be standing on top of a mountain, appreciating the stillness and beauty, then speeding down the slope as fast as humanly possible, feeling the rush of cold air … being engulfed by a giant wave of snow … and wanting nothing more than to do it all again.”

This extensive soft cover title contains tricks, techniques, equipment tips and strategies for novices and advanced riders. Informed text and color action photo sequences enrich this book.

Another standout selection about snowboarding is penned by veteran columnist and avid, medal-winning “boarder” Cindy Kleh. “Snowboarding Skills: The Back-to-Basics Essentials for All Levels” promises to give readers the motivation to take the ride of their lives. A fun to read publication, yet it’s serious when delineating step-by-step lessons, safety pointers and equipment usage. Lively illustrations, photos and sidebars enhance content; a “Board Talk” glossary defines the sport’s lingo.

Lindsey Vonn, Alberto Tomba, Franz Klammer, Jean-Claude Killy — these names conjure up greatness in Olympic downhill skiing, bringing up adrenaline-pumping memories for athletes and fans alike. In the all-encompassing “Alpine Skiing,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Alpine Sports Education Manager Ronald Kipp outlines the sport’s components that have contributed to these skiers’ success. Fundamentals, skill refinement and expertise for superior athletes plus trip planning tips as well as website listings for ski instructors and organizations are included.

With any sporting endeavor comes injury risk. A must-read for all Olympic athlete wannabe’s, their relatives, coaches and trainers is “Any Given Monday” by Dr. James P. Andrews with Don Yaeger. According to Andrews, each year at least 3.5 million children become injured playing sports. A premier orthopedic surgeon, and team doctor for Alabama’s Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Washington Redskins, and Tampa Bay Rays, he shows how with educated awareness and training, most of these injuries are preventable. Combining this information with a constructive approach to maximize children’s overall potential makes for an invaluable sports resource.

Melia Tatman is a librarian at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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