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Klug to hold book signing

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen’s Chris Klug, a 2002 Olympic bronze medalist and X Games competitor, will be signing copies of the book, “America’s Athletes” along with the volume’s photographer/creator, Sandra Tenuto, on Friday in Aspen.

The book signing will take place at the Snowflake Inn from 3-4 p.m.

“America’s Athletes” is a fund-raising project featuring 52 photographs of sports superstars along with a patriotic perspective written by each of them. Proceeds from sales of the book will be divided equally among 52 charities ” one selected by each of the featured athletes.

Klug’s chosen charity is The Chris Klug Foundation, which he is organizing to promote organ-donor awareness and, hopefully, bring children who undergo organ transplants into winter sports, according to Klug’s father, Warren.

The snowboarder brought home the bronze in the parallel giant slalom at the Winter Games in Salt Lake City just 19 months after undergoing a liver transplant.

“I have had the great honor of twice representing our country in the sport of snowboarding at the Winter Olympic Games,” writes Klug in the book. “One of the highlights was carrying the World Trade Center flag at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Games in Salt Lake! It was one of the most powerful experiences of my life!”

He is joined in “America’s Athletes” by such sports-world notables as: World Series heroes Luis Gonzalez and Curt Schilling; NBA champ David Robinson; Super Bowl winners Kurt Warner, Steve Young and Simeon Rice; Stanley Cup champions Brett Hull, Chris Chelios and Mike Modano; racing great Michael Andretti; and Olympic gold medalists Dan Jansen and Marion Jones.

“America’s Athletes” is a project of the FairPlay Foundation, a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization created to assist professional athletes, celebrities and the affluent who want to become more involved in enhancing the community in which they live, play and serve.

The hardcover edition of the book goes for $39.95 and the softcover is $29.95; it’s available online at http://www.americasathletes.com. The list of participating athletes and charities is available on the Web site.