Author Shares Trade Secrets of Top Athletes

Posted: April 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Mason Day, the College of Arts and Sciences hosts “Take on High Risk and Succeed,” an interactive presentation by author Maryann Karinch and action photographer David Brooks. Karinch, a longtime D.C. resident, answers the million-dollar question about extreme athletes–how do they do that? Olympic gold medal winners, world-record holders, and men and women who have scaled the world’s highest peaks are among those who gave their trade secrets to Karinch for her new book, Lessons from the Edge, which features 34 high-action shots by Brooks.

Karinch contributed some of her own secrets, too. She is among the few adventure racers who completed the inaugural Eco-Challenge in southern Utah, and is an experienced skydiver, avid ocean whitewater kayaker, certified scuba diver, and personal trainer.

Karinch discusses how to develop mental toughness, trust intuition, and channel emotional energy in tense situations, and how to prepare your body for different types of intense challenges. Karinch reveals what makes extreme athletes tick–from the bravado and thrill of adrenaline that come with success to the fear and self-doubt that can undermine performance.

Brooks, who also is a competitive athlete, specializes in adventure sports and active lifestyle photography. His work has appeared in Outside and Men’s Health magazines, and many print ads. His stories of dangling from a cliff and hanging off a motorcycle backwards at 60 mph add to the evening’s drama.

The event, held on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, is free. Karinch’s books are available for purchase from the University Bookstore. Karinch and Brooks will sign copies.

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