At least 19 athletes from Minnesota qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics being hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea. Three Twin Cities community magazines featured articles on Minnesota's storied history in the Olympics and featured living Olympians in their locale. Please enjoy the article about Minnetonka area Olympians Bob Kempainen, a marathon runner in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, and Jack Morrison, a member of the 1968 Olympic hockey team.
“Profusely illustrated, “Minnesota Gold: Conversations with Northland Athletes Competing on the World Stage” is a unique and absolutely absorbing read which is very highly recommended, not only for Minnesota sports fans, but as a template for others to emulate in presenting similar studies of sports and athletics in other states and regions of the country. Informed and informative, “Minnesota Gold” is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to all Minnesota community and academic library collections!”
James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
News anchor Kelcey Carlson of Fox 9 News broadcast “The Goods” segment on Thursday, January 21, about Janet Gerhauser, a 1952 Olympian pairs figure skater highlighted in Minnesota Gold.
Author Patrick Mader was also interviewed about the background of Minnesota Gold and other athletes featured in the book. It received about four minutes of air time and the well-edited piece was shown in conjunction with the US Figure Skating Championships hosted in St. Paul.
StarTribune sportswriter Joel Rippel and Patrick “Packy” Mader were interviewed about Minnesota Gold, a nonfiction book they collaborated on highlighting 57 Minnesota athletes who competed at the highest levels, by feature writer Kevin Krein. It includes how Packy got the idea for the book and the fascinating stories and lives he learned about during his nearly four year journey.