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Events Author Peggy Shinn presents World Class: The Making of the US Women's Cross-Country Ski Team

8 Mar
If there was ever a cross-country ski team that deserved a book chronicling their journey, this year's US Women's olympic team was the one. On Thursday, March 8th at 6:00pm, the Yankee Bookshop will host Peggy Shinn to talk about her new book, World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women's Cross-Country Ski Team, covering this year's winter olympics from PyeongChang, and the excitement of watching her book's subjects win the gold for the first time in US history.
About the book: What makes a great team? Sports journalist Peggy Shinn answers this question in her enthralling account of the dramatic rise of the U.S. women's cross-country ski team, winners of eight medals at three world championships over the past five years. Shinn's story--based on dozens of interviews with athletes, coaches, parents, spouses, and friends--paints a vivid picture of the obstacles that America's female athletes must overcome not just to ski with the world's best, but to beat them. In a sport where U.S. women have toiled for decades, mostly in the middle or the back of the pack, the development of a world-class team attests to the heady combination of a transformational leader, a coach who connects with his athletes, the super-fast individual skiers who are also conscientious teammates--and a bit of good luck. This is the story of Kikkan Randall, Liz Stephen, Holly Brooks, Jessie Diggins, Ida Sargent, Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell, Rosie Brennan, and coach Matt Whitcomb--and how they created the perfect team.
Peggy Shinn is a senior contributor to the U.S. Olympic Committee's website,, and a former contributing editor to Ski Racing magazine. She is the author of Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont's Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself.
This event is free and open to all.

Dates & Times

8 March 6:00pm to 7:00pm



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