Wed, July 25, 20188:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Daybreakers Breakfast Club of Minneapolis
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55416
Patrick "Packy" Mader is thrilled to present Minnesota's rich sports history at the Olympics to the Daybreakers Breakfast Club of Minneapolis. His book, Minnesota Gold, highlights the stories, lives, challenges, perseverance, and achievements of 57 Minnesota who competed at the international level--including people from Minneapolis: 1952 Olympian figure skater Janet Gerhauser, blind wrestler Jim Mastro, Washburn graduate and distance runner Van Nelson, and speedskater Gene Sandvig. Also featured in the program will be Olympians from the west metropolitan area such as former Wayzata resident Angus Morrison, Hopkins graduate Bob Kempainen, a two-time Olympian in the marathon, Edina graduates Janis Klecker (marathon) and Kaylin Richardson (alpine skiing), and Robbinsdale graduates Mike Houck (wrestling) and ski jumper Greg Windsperger. Packy interviewed (in person) several gold medalists and former Governor Wendy Anderson, a 1956 member of the silver medal-winning Olympic hockey team.
Currently in the early stages of researching and writing a second volume, it will highlight Wayzata resident Jack Morrison, a member of the 1968 Olympic hockey team, and Olympic ski jumpers Jay and Jerry Martin of Golden Valley.
Packy shares the positive experience throughout his research, interviews, writing, and editing in an engaging and entertaining style. The Olympians were approachable, articulate, and modest--demonstrating Olympian character and qualities.
Governor Wendy Anderson was a member of the 1956 silver medal-winning team; Janet Gerhauser competed in the 1952 Olympic pairs figure skating and then became an Olympic judge; Van Nelson ran in the 10,000-meter run at the 1968 Olympics before becoming a teacher and coach at Edina.