Book Review: Back Up On Skis - My Journey Back to Ski Racing - The True Story of Aubrie Mindock
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Aubrie Mindockabout this book: Since I can remember I have always wanted to be an Olympic ski racer. At the age of 15 I was just starting my Olympic training when I had a bad ski accident while racing my brother, Austin, down the mountain in Breckenridge, Colorado. The light was flat and I caught my ski in a rut and it popped off. I found myself thrown in the air like a rag doll and when I landed my knee hit the binding of my ski and my pole stabbed me in the lung, causing me to stop breathing. I almost died and was told that I would never compete again and that my Olympic dream was over.
I decided not to give up and I got "Back Up On Skis." I skied my way to college where I was on my way to Nationals and back up in Olympic training. I was in first place at Winter Park during a giant slalam competition when it happened again. This time the binding of my ski came loose at speeds close to 70 mph. The first to hit the ice was my head. Although I was wearing a helmet, which is required, I still ended up basically dying right there on the snow. The ski patrol rushed to revive me.
While my lifeless body lay on the snow I found myself safe and warm in Heaven. My grandfather who had died several months before was standing with me in a big garden. Surrounding me were red and pink flowers and a beautiful white light. It was the most amazing experience of my life and I knew that no matter what happened to me that I would be okay. If I stayed in Heaven I would be fine and if I came back things would be alright too.
I did come back. With a broken neck, fractured skull, fractured knee and broken arm I was told that I might never walk again and I would never be able to ski again. Everyone knew that I would never make it to the Olympics or even come close and that my dreams were over once again. Even I thought that I would never ski again or even compete again and forced myself to be alright with the fact that I might never even walk again. I had no choice but to accept all of this.
Against all odds I did walk and when I saw the ski slopes again I just could not resist. I had to get back up on my skis and compete once more. I took it day by day and had to teach myself to ski all over again and had to teach myself how to race too. It was difficult and at times I wanted to just give up and forget about skiing but the love of the sport kept me going.
Today I am not only back up on skis but I am also training for the 2014 Olympics. I am not sure if I will make it or not but no matter what happens I will be just fine. I made it this far and I will never, ever give up the sport I love most, skiing. "Back Up On Skis" is my story about how I came back to ski racing after many challenges that were ahead of me. I hope that my book will inspire you to get back up to what you love doing too and help you to realize that no dream is ever too big to accomplish.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that you will enjoy my book, "Back Up On Skis." God Bless.
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Back Up On Skis"Back up on skis" is a powerful story of one girl's fight for survival and fighting to get back to the sport she loves most. Aubrie's book helped me realize that life is short and needs to be lived to the fullest. Aubrie is an inspiration and I definitely recommend her book, "Back Up On Skis." [by Robyn]
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