No Limits: The Amazing Life Story of Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, Canada's Olympian Skiing Pioneers by Byron RempelNo Limits: The Amazing Life Story of Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, Canada's Olympian Skiing Pioneers by Byron Rempel

No Limits: The Amazing Life Story of Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, Canada's Olympian Skiing Pioneers

byByron Rempel

Other | November 1, 2007

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There was never anyone like the Wurtele twins in Alpine skiing: identical in looks, different in attitude, unbeatable on the slopes.  Now, with author Byron Rempel's unprecedented access to all Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele's memorabilia and scrapbooks, this entertaining book reveals the full story of "Canada's Terrific Twins".

From their pioneering steps in women's sports to their heli-skiing exploits at the age of 84, Rempel takes an affectionate yet unflinching look at these two lives filled with daring, disappointment and triumph - and reveals the struggle for recognition that women in sport have always fought, from antiquity to this day.  

No Limits goes beyond the normal parameters of a sports biography to not only tell the individual stories of the tiwns, but with parallel stories of Canadian women and women in sports in the 20th century, puts them in an historical context as well.

With almost 300 photos and illustrations (some never before seen from the twins' private collection) and a wide range of sidebars on relevant topics, the book is both easy to read and attractive to look at. 
Byron Rempel's No Limits won the International Ski History Association's ULLR Award in Aspen, Colorado in 2008, and was a finalist for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction in Quebec.  His previous book, Truth is Naked, an autobiographical exaggeration, was named one of the Globe & Mail's Books of the Year in 2006, and was also...
Title:No Limits: The Amazing Life Story of Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, Canada's Olympian Skiing PioneersFormat:OtherProduct dimensions:357 pages, 8.92 × 6.96 × 0.57 inShipping dimensions:8.92 × 6.96 × 0.57 inPublished:November 1, 2007Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:097838900X

ISBN - 13:9780978389000


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! A beautifully-written mix of history and story-telling makes this book a fantastic read. "No Limits" shares the incredible life of the twins as they push boundaries through decades of change. Byron Rempel manages to capture both the history of the sport of skiing and North American history in a delightful way. A great book for all ages, certainly recommended for history lovers! I have met the twins, and at 85+ years of age, they are still skiing and certainly inspiring!
Date published: 2009-05-07

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From the book: "The two skiing pioneers had carved an easily identifiable trail for others to follow.  Canadian women's skiing is directly indebted and linked to them, from Lucile Wheeler, Anne Heggtveit, and Nancy Greene, to today's World Cup championship-winning women's ski team.  Even when the twins were no longer racing, their influence was felt: in 1959 Rhoda managed and assistant-coached the very first National Ski Team that Canada sent to Europe for the World Championships.  It is no coincidence that Canada's wins in the Olympics and world championships have largely been in the women's division.Today, seventy years later, Rhoda and Rhona are still propelling themselves through the air.  Within the last few years they have gone heli-skiing, bobsledding, paraponting, even bungee jumping.  Always ladies, however, for the most part they stay off the ski jumps."Since the late 1950s, Rhoda and Rhona have been involved first in teaching young girls to ski, through the Ski Jays, then when they noticed the mothers waiting in the cars, they began a club for them too:  Twinski.  Today Twinski continues as a club for women (and men) skiers of all ages.  More active than most young people, the twins recently celebrated their 85th birthday by going heli-skiing.  Today Rhona lives in Montreal and Rhoda in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

What timing.Just as young Canadian female ski jumpers take on the Old Boys Club of theworld, namely the International Olympic Committee, over their right to competeat Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics, two of the greatest women skiers in the nation’shistory decide to tell their story.”         -Laura Robinson, author of Black Tights: Women, Sport and Sexuality “NO LIMITS IS A BOOK THAT MATTERS... in that it shapes thestories of two great Canadian athletes, and lays those stories over decades whenhuge changes occurred.” — Literary Review of Canada “Thoroughly researched and replete with intriguingphotos…wonderful descriptions of their days schussing down “the gully” andlaunching off the Côte-des-Neiges ski jump in Montreal during the Depression… Ithoroughly enjoyed Rempel’s account of the twins’ charmed lives and theirimpact on Canadian ski history. It’s definitelya must-read in front of the fire this season.”- Ski Canada “A valuable contribution to the social history of Canada.”         -William Weintraub, author of Crazy About Lily and City Unique “A fascinating history of two wonderful athletes and theirtimes.”         -Richard W. Pound, Past President, Canadian Olympic Committee, Member of theInternational Olympic Committee “With the aptly titled No Limits, author Byron Rempel hasput everything together in a thick, comprehensive book that celebrates thetwins’ eventful lives…No Limits stands not only as a detailed double biography;it also provides readers with a veritable history of skiing in Canada throughdozens of sidebars and historical vignettes…as a result, it is a must-read foravid skiers and local history buffs alike.”- The Westmount Examiner “A treasure-trove…anyone looking to get a perspective onskiing in Canada and to understanding the role that the Laurentian Mountainsplayed in it would do well to pick up the book and spend a winter weekendreading it between ski outings. It is a light, enjoyable read and a valuablehistoric summary at the same time.”         -Joseph Graham, Main Street