Three cheers for teammates, the friends who never leave really leave you. 'Tis the season of giving thanks for all that we have. 'Tis also the beginning of ski season. To honor both of those things, I want to give a shout-out to a gift that has lasted me a lifetime—the gift of a team. That may ...

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Last year I spent the most spectacular weekend of fall standing around on a landfill. I was not alone. Many parents were there too, watching our many children chase soccer balls back and forth across said landfill, and a host of other once-barren areas that had been repurposed into mega soccer complexes. These fields are ...

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It was a typical evening scene in our house. My husband and I were chatting about current events lite—weather, gas prices, potential carpet colors—while my youngest son was ensconced in a project at the kitchen table, paying us little to no attention. That is, until the conversation turned to Tyler Hamilton's newly released book, The ...

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Raising an Olympian-- the case for stepping back and chilling out vs hovering and pushing.

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Edie’s Book! Available in print, on Kindle and on all e-readers. Shut Up and Ski is aimed at athletes, coaches, Olympic fans, skiers, young adults and the parents hoping to understand them. Want more? Click on the link below!

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Note: I first wrote this on March 1, 2012. Since then I've reposted it every year on March 1. Deep breaths and smiles everyone. It's quite possibly a long, rollercoaster month ahead! It’s that time of year. March Madness. And of course I’m talking about skiing not basketball. This is when it all happens—regional champs, state ...

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Early January, 2012 I went upstairs to wake the kids a few days ago and the first thing my younger son uttered was, “Is it raining?” “No,” I answered, a triumphant hint of optimism in my voice. “It’s cold and gray.” Something on the other side of the room made a quilt-muffled snurfling sound, and Thing 1 piped ...

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“When can I cross block?” Once the slalom gates are set in the snow that is the most common and the most cringe-worthy question a ski coach for junior racers gets asked. The answer? “How about never?” First off, the term cross-blocking is misleading. It is often referenced as a good thing, a sign of advancement, while in ...

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