Chalked Up

  • Filename: chalked-up.
  • ISBN: 9780061859960
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Jennifer Sey
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Fanciful dreams of gold-medal glory led Jennifer Sey to the local gymnastics club in 1976. A natural aptitude and a willingness to endure punishing hard work took her to the elite ranks by the time she was eleven years old. Jennifer traveled the country and the world competing for the U.S. National team, but the higher she set her sights—the world championships, the 1988 Olympics—the more she began to ignore her physical and mental well-being. Jennifer suffered devastating injuries, developed an eating disorder, and lived far from family and friends, all for the sake of winning. When her parents and coaches lost sight of her best interests, Jennifer had no choice but to redefine her path into adulthood. She had to save herself. Chalked Up delivers an unforgettable coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt not good enough and has finally come to accept who they were meant to be.

Off Balance

  • Filename: off-balance.
  • ISBN: 9781451608670
  • Release Date: 2012-06-12
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Dominique Moceanu
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

In this searing and riveting New York Times bestseller, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu reveals the dark underbelly of Olympic gymnastics, the true price of success…and the shocking secret about her past and her family that she only learned years later. At fourteen years old, Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the 1996 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, the first and only American women’s team to take gold at the Olympics. Her pixyish appearance and ferocious competitive drive quickly earned her the status of media darling. But behind the fame, the flawless floor routines, and the million-dollar smile, her life was a series of challenges and hardships. Off Balance vividly delineates each of the dominating characters who contributed to Moceanu’s rise to the top, from her stubborn father and long-suffering mother to her mercurial coach, Bela Karolyi. Here, Moceanu finally shares the haunting stories of competition, her years of hiding injuries and pain out of fear of retribution from her coaches, and how she hit rock bottom after a public battle with her parents. But medals, murder plots, drugs, and daring escapes aside (all of which figure into Moceanu’s incredible journey), the most unique aspect of her life is the family secret that Moceanu discovers, opening a new and unexpected chapter in her adult life. A mysterious letter from a stranger reveals that she has a second sister—born with a physical disability and given away at birth—who has nonetheless followed in Moceanu’s footsteps in an astonishing way. A multilayered memoir that transcends the world of sports, Off Balance will touch anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better life.

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

  • Filename: little-girls-in-pretty-boxes.
  • ISBN: 0446672505
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Joan Ryan
  • Publisher: Grand Central Pub

A sports reporter investigates the training of girls as professional gymnasts and figure skaters, arguing that the pressure to succeed results in mental and physical harm.

Winning Balance

  • Filename: winning-balance.
  • ISBN: 1414374372
  • Release Date: 2012-06-05
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Shawn Johnson
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

American gymnast Shawn Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold and silver medalist; a national--and world--champion athlete and a winner on the popular "Dancing with the Stars." This is the amazing true journey of how this young Olympian has found balance in her life.

Letters to a Young Gymnast

  • Filename: letters-to-a-young-gymnast.
  • ISBN: 9780465025053
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Nadia Comaneci
  • Publisher: Basic Books

A unique glimpse into the remarkable life, and fascinating mindset, of the woman who broke records-and boundaries-for female athletes everywhere

Unfavorable Odds

  • Filename: unfavorable-odds.
  • ISBN: 9781615664955
  • Release Date: 2010-02
  • Number of pages: 277
  • Author: Kim Hamilton Anthony
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing

When Kim Hamilton rose to fame, she was anything but a typical world-class gymnast. She wasn't white, she didn't come from a middle-class family, and she was tall for a gymnast. But facing those obstacles was nothing compared To The challenges she faced at home. There, she tumbled in a secret world filled with drugs, violence, and financial strain. She met Unfavorable Odds but found hope by persevering through the pain. Here, Kim shares the techniques she learned to catapult herself from the past into the purpose God intended for her life.

Gym Mom

  • Filename: gym-mom.
  • ISBN: 0615645933
  • Release Date: 2012-07-01
  • Number of pages: 157
  • Author: Rita Wieber
  • Publisher:

Rita Wieber relays what she has learned as the mother of a world champion gymnast, and shares helpful tips to encourage other "gym moms."

Shannon Miller

  • Filename: shannon-miller.
  • ISBN: 0806131101
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 295
  • Author: Claudia Ann Miller
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Describes the hardships and challenges Shannon Miller overcame to become an Olympic gold medalist

It s Not About Perfect

  • Filename: it-s-not-about-perfect.
  • ISBN: 9781466850842
  • Release Date: 2015-04-21
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Shannon Miller
  • Publisher: Macmillan

"When the odds were against me, I was always at my best." When she retired at age 19, Shannon Miller did so as one of the most recognizable gymnasts in the country. The winner of seven Olympic medals and the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history, Shannon tells a story of surviving and thriving. A shy, rambunctious girl raised in Oklahoma, Shannon fell in love with gymnastics at a young age and fought her way to the top. In 1992 she won five Olympic medals after breaking her elbow in a training accident just months prior to the Games. Then, in 1996, a doctor advised her to retire immediately or face dire consequences if she chose to compete on her injured wrist. Undeterred, Shannon endured the pain and led her team, the "Magnificent Seven," to the first Olympic team gold medal for the United States in gymnastics. She followed up as the first American to win gold on the balance beam. Equally intense, heroic and gratifying is the story of her brutal but successful battle with ovarian cancer, a disease from which fewer than fifty percent survive. Relying on her faith and hard-learned perseverance, Shannon battled through surgery and major chemotherapy to emerge on the other side with a miracle baby girl. Her story of trial, triumph and life after cancer reminds us all that its life's bumps and bruises that reveal our character. From early on in her career, Shannon knew that life wasn't about perfection. In this incredible and inspirational tale, Shannon speaks out so as to be seen and heard by thousands as a beacon of hope.

Best Practice for Youth Sport

  • Filename: best-practice-for-youth-sport.
  • ISBN: 9780736066969
  • Release Date: 2015-11-19
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Vealey, Robin
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics

Best Practice for Youth Sport tackles the increasing professionalization and specialization of youth sport and the changing culture of youth sport. The text explores developmentally appropriate practice and encourages athlete-centered practices that are truly beneficial for young athletes.

Grace Gold and Glory

  • Filename: grace-gold-and-glory.
  • ISBN: 0310740673
  • Release Date: 2013-11-18
  • Number of pages: 222
  • Author: Gabrielle Douglas
  • Publisher: Zondervan

The Olympic gold medalist shares the story of her life and how her faith allowed her to persevere and reach her dreams.

The Flip Side

  • Filename: the-flip-side.
  • ISBN: 9781481460231
  • Release Date: 2016-06-07
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Shawn Johnson
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

From gold medalist and reality TV star Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel inspired by her own experiences as an elite teenage gymnast—just in time for the Summer 2016 Olympic games. Charlie Ryland has a secret. She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending. Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance. Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real.

In the Water They Can t See You Cry

  • Filename: in-the-water-they-can-t-see-you-cry.
  • ISBN: 9781451644395
  • Release Date: 2012-04-03
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Amanda Beard
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

In this candid and ultimately uplifting memoir, Olympic medalist Amanda Beard reveals the truth about coming of age in the spotlight, the demons she battled along the way, and the newfound happiness that has proved to be her greatest victory. At the tender age of fourteen, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side. At one point, she was the most downloaded female athlete on the Internet. Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile. With no other outlet for her feelings besides the pool, Amanda expressed her emotions through self-destructive behavior. In her late teens and twenties, she became bulimic, abused drugs and alcohol, and started cutting herself. Her low self-esteem led to toxic relationships with high-profile men in the sports world. No one, not even her own parents and friends, knew about the turmoil she was going through. Only when she met her future husband, who discovered her cutting herself, did Amanda realize she needed help. Through her renewed faith in herself; the love of her family; and finally the birth of her baby boy, Blaise, Amanda has transformed her life. In these pages, she speaks frankly about her struggles with depression, the pressures to be thin, and the unhealthy relationships she confused for love. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry is a raw, compelling story of a woman who gained the strength to live as bravely out of the water as she did in it.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior

  • Filename: way-of-the-peaceful-warrior.
  • ISBN: 9781442973640
  • Release Date: 2009-04
  • Number of pages: 392
  • Author: Dan Millman
  • Publisher:

More and more people are ''waking up'' spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? ''Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,'' explains Adyashanti. ''It's most often shared only between teachers and their students.'' The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path. Consider the book you hold in your hands Adyashanti's personal welcome to ''a new world, a state of oneness.''

Life in Motion

  • Filename: life-in-motion.
  • ISBN: 9781476738000
  • Release Date: 2014-03-04
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Misty Copeland
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina. In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers . A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind. With an insider’s passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” (The Washington Post) as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

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