Parent Whispering: the act of talking parents down from the ledge of craziness that youth sports had become. Two-time Olympian Edie Thys Morgan takes it on by championing the real prizes of sports, from her perspective as an athlete, coach and parent.
Morgan is a freelance writer, author, two-time Olympian and mother of two teenage boys. She lives in Etna, New Hampshire, but at heart she is still a Squaw Valley Mighty Mite. She spent nine years as a member of the US Ski Team, primarily as a speed event skier. After retiring from competition in 1993, she moved to New York City to work for SKI magazine. There she met and married Chan Morgan, a fellow ski racer from the other coast. Morgan writes freelance for many publications as well as her own blogs on skiing, sports, parenting, the outdoors and cooking, while coaching part time. Her experiences on the front lines and the sidelines of sports—from the recreational to the elite level—has given her a unique perspective on the rewards and challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of the sports experience. Most recently her writing has explored the unsung and unavoidable relationships with fear and failure, and how they can contribute to true success in sports and in life.
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