Chapter One: The Nature of Extreme Sports and Their Champions"Without adventure, civilization is in full decay."
-- Alfred North Whitehead, philosopher"Some people have 'hang out' genes and others have 'do stuff' genes."
-- T. J. Lavin, freestyle biker
Fame and wealth belong to great quarterbacks, center forwards, and home run hitters. Society prizes them like the Romans cheered gladiators who crushed their opponent's skull. They're heroes because they win.
Extreme athletes are heroes because they try
-- something harder, faster, longer. Anyone can benefit from their insights and...