The Nick Scandone Story
How one man turned a death sentence into a gold medal
By Mary Kate Scandone with Cara Wilson-Granat
221 pages paperback $14.99
In one of the greatest examples of triumph over adversity in the history of the sport of sailing, Nick Scandone won a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in China. Nick and his crew, Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, were victorious in the double-handed SKUD-18 class despite the fact that Nick was very near the end of his battle with a debilitating, incurable and always fatal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
A natural athlete who excelled at several sports, Nick Scandone was a born leader and loved by his many friends. His widow, Mary Kate, lovingly recounts their time together from the day they met at the Balboa Yacht Club, through his terrible diagnosis, his discovery of disabled sailing on the US Sailing website, his success in the singlehanded 2.4mR class and being named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, the decision to switch to the SKUD-18, Nick and Maureen’s incredible victory in Qingdao, and how Nick’s conviction, fortitude and passion continue to inspire others.
In the words of Nick’s friend Dave Schroeder, a champion paraplegic sailor who introduced Nick to the 2.4mR, “There are moments on the water when you don’t feel disabled – you are the embodiment of all that is beautiful, virtuous, grace.” Nick of Time contains life lessons for everyone. You can read this book in a few hours, but you will never forget it.
Mary Kate Scandone lives in Southern California with a five-pound Yorkie named Bella and a big grey cat named Kingsford. She continues to enjoy sailing. Nick of Time is her first book, and her wish is to inspire others with Nick’s story. To order this wonderful book (which is also available in e-book formats), visit TheNickScandoneStory.com.