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The Other Side of the Mountain: The Story of Jill Kinmont
This memorable book is the definitve profile of courage. It tells the story of Jill Kinmont, a talented downhill skier whose Olympic success was imminent until a terrible fall in Utah rendered her a quadriplegic. But the true success of this book lies not with the representation of Jill Kinmont as a tragic heroine, but with the portrayal of her as someone whose commitment, ...more
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Skiing was everything to Jill Kinmont. She learned to ski on Mammoth Mountain near her hometown of Bishop, California and after two years was good enough to race. She put in the hard work and eventually she won a National Championship. When the Olympics seemed like a real possibility she launched herself into a training program that included working out during the summer time. The selection for the next US Women’s Olympic team would come from the competitors in the Snow Cup Race based on their p ...more
I loved this book both as a skier and as an occupational therapist. In a world where mass media pities people with spinal cord injuries I think that it would be an excellent experience for anyone to read this book and to learn that there is life after injury and often it is excellent despite the difficulty.
Oh, WOW! Another book I ran across that I have read, but have not put in my collection here. I know there are many, many more that I have not added here--I need to get that rectified soon. I remember this being very inspiring and big time to me. I was maybe in the 8th grade when I read it. Another wonderful part of my past that I am glad has caught up with me! :)
"The inspiring story of Jill Kinmont" In this story there are two best friends, Jill Kinmont and Audra Jo Nicholson. They were always together so people assumed they were sisters. The story takes place in Bishop, California in 1950’s. The Kinmont family owned the Rocking K Ranch. People came there to hunt, fish, swim, ride horses, and camp. Jill and Audra Jo worked in the restaurant. In the winter, Jill and Audra Jo skied at Mammoth Mountain. Jill and her brother were really good skiers and sta ...more
This was my favorite book when I was a 13. I thought she was so sporty and beautiful. How one moment can change a life forever. Jill Kinmont is an inspiration. My mother approved. I was reading Carrie by Stephen King at the same time. It had just come out and kids at school were lining up to read it. She wasn't likable, nor was anybody else in the book really. When i was reading Carrie, I had it hidden within Jill Kinmont's story. My mother, as I knew she would, went ballistic when she found it ...more
Unsentimental and somewhat self-centered account of Jill Kinmont's skiing accident that left her paralyzed. I read it, and appreciated it as a strong story of a strong man, but it didn't grab me the way others of this sort have. It was more factual than powerful storytelling. I would like to see what kind of book she would write on her own (no co-author)...I suspect it would be more wise and other-centric, more humble and service-focused, and more conscious of her integration with the world arou ...more
Feb 18, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Aspiring athletes and people wallowing in self-pity.
"She was a world-class athlete one minute; the next minute, she was a quadriplegic paralyzed from the neck down". Fantastic true story of brave Jill Kinmont, Olympic skier-almost. Pretty much unflinching, sad, funny, uplifting, and courageous. Usually those things keep me away in droves, but I love this book and rooted for Jill. I kept wishing it had never happened, if only, if only. Talk about never knowing what fate has in store. And the TV movie is as good a portrayal of the book as it gets.
Years ago I was doing some professional development in Bishop, California, and met Jill Kinmont. She was such an inspiring teacher and such a lovely person that as soon as I returned home, I read the book that chronicles her skiing accident and then the courage and determination that she used to turn such a tragedy into something that was positive. I loved the book. Now, 30 years after reading it, I am still inspired by the memories I have of both the book and Ms. Kinmont. This is a book that de ...more
This is my all time favorite book, which I read years ago. It tells the story of Jill Kinmont, a talented downhill skier whose Olympic success was imminent until a terrible fall in Utah rendered her a quadriplegic. But the true success of this book lies not with the representation of Jill Kinmont as a tragic heroine, but with the portrayal of her as someone whose commitment, dedication, drive, and determination have enabled her to succeed at life, despite the tremendous obstacles she has faced.
People love to wallow in sentiment. Well, you won't get that opportunity from Jill Kinmont. She took mighty little time to feel sorry for herself but moved on with determination to do those things she could. Valens does yeoman service in telling Kinmont's story although the book ended before her achievements did.
While the occurrences chronicled in this book may have been interesting in isolation, Valens ties them together in an altogether boring way. Details frequently seemed misplaced, and repeated facts that often felt luke foreshadowing generally led nowhere. I did not care for the chronological method used to recount this personal history.