Miami, FL – November 7, 2015 – The first thing you need to know about Andrea Mead Cross is that she was named after Andrea Mead Lawrence, the first American Alpine skier in history who won two Olympic Gold medals.Born in Detroit and raised in southwestern Michigan, it seemsfrom the day she was born her future was ordained.She never deviated from her destiny, becoming a world-renowned athlete who excelled in two sports – swimming and triathlons. Cross’s passion comes from a profound knowledge of the sacrifices made by top-tier sports figures; she is intimately aware of the unrelenting commitment required from athletes from a very young age to achieve phenomenal success.
As Cross says, “Many years ago, my mother gave me a book called The Heart of a Champion. It inspired me as a young swimmer with stories of determination, perseverance, discipline, and integrity. As an athlete involved in high-level competition, I quickly learned to incorporate those lessons early in my life. Later, it was my father who introduced me to his love of photography.
When my sports career ended, I transitioned to a new career as a photographer, using the passion my father instilled in me. Sports Souls is the culmination and celebration of my life’s work!” The book will launch and be available for purchase on www.Amazon.com in mid-December for $34.99. You can also visit www.andreameadcross.com to pre-order the Limited Edition ”100 for 100” which is a 100 copies numbered and signed by AMC each for $100 and going towards a great cause today!
Throughout her career she had national record-breaking swims, both individually and in relays. During college, she swam at the University of Florida during their reigning NCAA championship years. Then she dedicated herself to triathlons – as a professional triathlete, Cross competed on several national teams and at her best was ranked top 10 in the world.
As Cross explains, she found that the camera gives her the ability to experience an appreciation of sports through a different medium. When she left sports competition, she had already transitioned into the design world, starting her own business and working with many national and international clients, including Parade, Huffington Post, McDonalds, ESPN, and HSBC. After teaching Visual Communications as an adjunct professor, photography eventually became her main focus and capturing unique and unexpected images of world-class athletes her passion. Cross is now recognized as one of the premier sports photographers in the country.
Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Outside and Fitness, and featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Additionally, her photographs added immeasurably to the projects of well-known athletes published by Random House, Knopf, and Crown Publishing.
Cross not only includes memorable and striking photos of her subjects in Sports Souls but text which gives readers never before revealed insights into their lives. Just one of the renowned athletes included in Sports Souls is Misty May-Treanor, Beach Volleyball star and three-time Olympic Gold medallist. Other notable subjects are Sam Mikulak, Olympian and seven-time NCAA champion for Gymnastics; Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, two-time Olympian Silver medalists forIce Hockey; Alex Deibold, Olympian Bronze medalist for Snowboard Cross; Lauryn Williams, two-time Summer Olympian, Gold and Silver medalist for Track and Winter Olympian, Silver medalistfor Bobsled; Jessica Hardy, Olympian Gold and Bronze medalistfor Swimming. Billy Demong,five-time Olympian, Gold and Silver medalist forNordic Combined and Ski Jumping; Alyson Dudek, two-time Olympian and Bronze medalist forShort Track Speed Skating; Taylor Phinney, two-time Olympian for Cycling; Laura Kraut, four-time Olympian and Gold medalist for Equestrian Jumping; and Steven Langton,Olympian and two-time Bronze medalist forBobsled.
Also featured are world-class sports figures Christy Gardner, member of theUSA National Sled Hockey Team; Mirinda Carfrae, triathlete and three-time Ironman World Champion;Connor Jaeger,Olympian and American record holder in Swimming; Lindsey Jacobellis,three-time Olympian and Silver medalist forSnowboard Cross; Walter Dix, Olympian and two-time Bronze medalistforTrack; Anna Tunnicliffe. Olympian Gold medalist forSailing; the elite Drive SeriesCar Racing team with Dion von Moltke, Memo Gidley, Glynn Geddie, Bret Spaude, Tim Bell, and Jeff Bucknam; Diana Nyad, history-making Marathon Swimmer who swam without a cage from Cuba to the Keys; Steven Nyman, three-time Olympian for Alpine Skiing; Georgia Gould, two-time Olympian and Bronze medalistforCross-Country Mountain Biking; Matt Grevers, two-time Olympian, four-time Gold medalist and two-time Silver medalist for Swimming; Maddie Bowman. Olympian Gold Medalist for Ski Halfpipe; and Tony Azevedo, four-time Olympian and Silver medalist forWater Polo.
Several of these premier athletes will be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sports Souls will be released in mid-December exclusively on Amazon.com, making it the perfect gift for all those loved ones on your holiday list who appreciate sports photography, the Olympics and animal rights. Cross has collaborated with the best in the business on this project, and it shows – experts such as ProducerKelley Kwiatkowski, a star in her own field. Their collaboration is responsible for the high quality and outstanding concept of this seminal work.
As Cross writes in her introduction, “This book is dedicated to all the selfless people that give so much of themselves to help the cause for animals. Animals teach us how to love. Be soulful.” That statement sums up the passion that underlies this project.
About Andrea Mead Cross
For more information about Andrea Mead Cross, please visit her website at www.andreameadcross.com; go to the same site to pre-order the ”100 for 100” Limited Edition at $100 and, prior to the www.Amazon.com launch in mid-December, the retail format for $34.99. All monies going towards a great cause! To book Cross for a project, please contact Kelley Kwiatkowski, AMC photography, at email@example.com.
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