Here is a raw taste of what will be in my memoir. Oh, and there ARE some really funny upbeat stories as well!
Had I not been raised to love and respect animals, perhaps I would have gone ahead and worn that ski suit in the 1990 World Cup which had leather sewn into it. Perhaps if I hadn’t experienced the fear of abandonment as a young child, unfavorable experiences and the pain of the always present desire to feel a parent's love, I wouldn’t have such a deep rooted empathy for animals who innocently suffer at the hands of humans. Had I not witnessed starvation in various countries of Africa as a child, perhaps I would still have the sentimental items and clothing I gave to anyone it would bring a smile to. Had I not felt the sting of racism and witnessed the horror of abused and hunted animals, I would have gladly competed in what was my third Olympic qualification. It was at that time, prior to the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway had just lifted their moratorium on Minke whale hunting. I boycotted those Games by refusing to participate. That stance I took against animal exploitation and the racism I incurred ended my ski racing career. I was twenty years old when I qualified for my third Olympic Games.
The only part I wish I had not experienced is what happened two years prior to my career coming to an end. It’s what took place shortly after the athletes’ celebration of the Closing Ceremonies at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France … "
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