A 400-page collection of biographies with more than 250 photographs celebrating  Minnesota’s rich sports heritage through the lives, stories, challenges, and achievements of fifty-one Minnesota athletes competing on the world stage (Olympics and World Championships).  This coffee table-sized book represents athletes from a variety of sports and eras from every geographical region of our diverse state.

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Featured Athletes in
More Minnesota Gold

  • Bachman, Elisabeth “Wiz” Volleyball;  Lakeville
  • Blahoski, Alana Hockey;  St. Paul
  • Boonstra, Todd Cross country skiing;  Burnsville/Eagan
  • Brochman, Kevin Cross country skiing;  Stillwater
  • Catlin, Kelly Bicycling;  Arden Hills
  • Chandler, Dan Wrestling;  Champlin
  • Colwell, Holly Figure skating;  Edina
  • Dorniden Kampf, Heather Middle-distance running;  Rosemount
  • Ettle, Jan Distance running;  Freeport/Albany
  • Grahek, Jim Ski jumping;  Ely
  • Grunewald, Gabriele Anderson Middle- and long-distance running;  Perham
  • Harrington, John “Bah” Hockey;  Virginia
  • Hazewinkel, Jim and Dave Wrestling;  Coon Rapids
  • Heath, Garrett Distance running;  Winona
  • Hedstrand, Jason Speedskating;  Shoreview/White Bear Lake
  • Hoag, Pete Biathlon;  Minneapolis
  • Hollermann, Rose Wheelchair basketball;  Elysian
  • Horn, Bob Water polo;  Minneapolis
  • Jones, Barb Cross country skiing;  West Lakeland Township
  • Kostron, Kim Speedskating;  St. Paul
  • Koznick, Kristina Alpine skiing;  Burnsville/Eagan
  • Krmpotich, Dave Rowing;  Duluth
  • Leopold, Jordan Hockey;  Golden Valley
  • Martin, Jay and Jerry Ski jumping;  Golden Valley
  • Martinez, Jim Wrestling;  Osseo
  • Millen, Corey Hockey;  Cloquet
  • Morrison, Jack Hockey;  Long Lake/Wayzata
  • Nelson, Tasha Alpine skiing;  Buffalo/Mound
  • Nelson, Ted Middle-distance running;  Faribault
  • Oss, Arnie Hockey;  Minneapolis
  • Pannek, Kelly Hockey;  Plymouth
  • Parr-Smestad, Liz Bobsledding;  Cottage Grove
  • Peterson, Amy Speedskating;  Maplewood/St. Paul
  • Polo, Joe Curling;  Bemidji
  • Quackenbush, Sean Swimming;  Rochester
  • Rapp, Susan Swimming;  Eden Prairie
  • Ringsred, Anna Speedskating;  Duluth
  • Rolf, Pati Volleyball referee;  Volleyball
  • Ross, Don and Gary Hockey;  Roseau
  • Seymour, Leslie Distance running;  Minneapolis
  • Shifflett, Lexi Sitting volleyball;  Waseca
  • Shilson, Emily Wrestling;  Maple Grove
  • Slack, Mike Middle- and long-distance running;  St. Paul
  • Smith, Pat Wrestling;  Chaska/Chanhassen
  • Smith, Regan Swimming;  Lakeville
  • Stecklein, Lee Hockey;  Roseville
  • Taft, John Hockey;  Minneapolis
  • Twomey, Cathie Middle- and long-distance running;  Golden Valley

Praise for More Minnesota Gold

“Very few in Minnesota do more to honor our wonderful past in athletics than Patrick Mader. This second edition of Minnesota Gold is yet another classic publication that everyone, who loves our sports, will cherish for years to come. Patrick is a gem that we are lucky to have telling these wonderful stories.”

 —Gary Wilson
U of M Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field Coach

“Every athlete is on their own specific journey. Through his research, reporting and writing, Patrick Mader invites us along on the journeys of a number of Minnesota athletic heroes and heroines where we experience their growth, the lessons learned, and also the triumphs and near-misses of their legendary careers. The State of Minnesota is blessed to have a treasure trove of athletic icons and Patrick Mader makes sure their journeys are shared. There is no doubt, you will beam with Minnesota pride after reveling in each of their journeys”

—Tim Leighton
former sports journalist,
Communications Director,
Minnesota State High School League

“Patrick Mader tells stories of Olympians from all parts of Minnesota—different sports, eras, skills. Each chapter is unique but the common thread is the passion, discipline and love of one’s sport. A great read to make Minnesotans proud.”

—Janet Gerhauser Carpenter
1952 Olympian, figure skating
1984 Olympics, figure skating team manager
1988 and 2002 Olympics, official

“Patrick Mader’s More Minnesota Gold offers more inspiring stories of Minnesota’s greatest athletes, who share their values of how to be a champion in all areas of one’s life. May you be empowered and enlightened as you journey deep into the spirit or each athlete’s story and experience that same invincible light that lives within all of us.”

—Katrina Radke
1988 Olympic Swimmer, Former American Record Holder
Best Selling Author, Be Your Best Without the Stress
President, MN Olympian and Paralympian Association
Business Co-Owner, WeCoach4u



“Champions are bigger than life. Supermen and Superwomen who suddenly appear on the World and Olympic stage, they capture my attention, inspire awe and make me wonder, ‘Where did you come from?’ Patrick Mader brings us the boys and girls from our Minnesota neighborhoods who became Champions. They represent the heart and soul of our great state.”

—Mike Houck
1985 World Champion wrestling gold medalist

“Fun and inspiring read!  Patrick has done a medal-worthy job pulling together the unique stories of Minnesota’s homegrown athletes competing internationally and on the world stage.”  

—Randy Bartz
1994 Olympic silver medalist, speedskating

“Patrick Mader does a wonderful job of highlighting the paths of some of Minnesota’s best athletes.  They are stories of humble beginnings fed by determination and high goals which were nurtured by supportive families, coaches, and competitors that gave way to some very inspiring athletic careers.  Enjoy and learn from each one.”

—Janis Klecker
1992 marathon Olympian
1992 US marathon national champion

“Your journey of commitment, discipline, and courage will get you near your destination. You will need that inner fire to be successful, and the ability to focus on perfection to continue.”

—Henry Boucha
Minnesota hockey legend from Warroad, Minnesota,
and member of the 1972 Olympic silver-medal winning hockey team