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: 9780307828552
  • Release Date: 2013-04-03
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Joan Ryan
  • Publisher: Doubleday



A sports reporter investigates the training of girls as professional gymnasts and figure skaters, arguing that the pressure to succeed and to look beautiful results in mental and physical harm, from eating disorders to psychological trauma.

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

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."

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.

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.

Finding My Shine

  • Filename: finding-my-shine.
  • ISBN: 0692561013
  • Release Date: 2015-11-24
  • Number of pages: 174
  • Author: Nastia Liukin
  • Publisher:



Nastia Liukin is an Olympic gymnastics all-around gold medalist, but the road to her success was not an easy one. In Finding My Shine, she shares not only her personal journey of success, but also her biggest challenges, including her career ending fall during the 2012 Olympic Trials that she now says was the defining moment of her life. Throughout this book, she delivers her motivational tips toward reaching any goal, overcoming obstacles, and learning how to pick yourself up after the inevitable falls you will have in life. Nastia's story is a true American dream. Born in Moscow, Russia, her parents were both champion gymnasts in their native country. The Liukins moved to the United States when Nastia was two and a half, because they wanted to give their daughter every opportunity possible. Even then, Nastia was certain she wanted to be a gymnast, and spent every hour she could in training. That dedication paid off. Nastia became a key member of the US team, winning five Olympic medals. She also won nine world championship medals (four gold and five silver) making her one of the most celebrated gymnasts in US history. Nastia was in the spotlight again in 2015 when she became a competitor on Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Derek Hough. She now speaks to girls and young women across the country in the hopes of motivating them to turn their own dreams into reality. Finding My Shine is a moving story of a remarkable young woman who won Olympic gold, but whose passion truly lies in inspiring others.

It Starts With Food

  • Filename: it-starts-with-food.
  • ISBN: 1628600543
  • Release Date: 2014-07-29
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Dallas Hartwig
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing



IMAGINE YOURSELF HEALTHIER THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. IT STARTS WITH FOOD. It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever—and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s powerful 30-day nutritional reset. Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food—accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. More significant, many people have reported the “magical” elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases, and conditions in just 30 days. diabetes high cholesterol high blood pressure obesity acne eczema psoriasis chronic fatigue asthma sinus infections allergies migraines acid reflux Crohns celiac disease IBS bipolar disorder depression Lyme disease endometriosis PCOS autism fibromyalgia ADHD hypothyroidism arthritis multiple sclerosis Now, Dallas and Melissa detail not just the “how” of the Whole30, but also the “why,” summarizing the science in a simple, accessible manner. It Starts With Food reveals how specific foods may be having negative effects on how you look, feel, and live—in ways that you’d never associate with your diet. More important, they outline their lifelong strategy for eating Good Food in one clear and detailed action plan designed to help you create a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation, and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food. Infused with the Hartwigs’ signature wit, tough love, and common sense, It Starts With Food is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes testimonials, a detailed shopping guide, a meal-planning template, a Meal Map with creative, delicious recipes, and much more.

Sports Justice

  • Filename: sports-justice.
  • ISBN: 9781555537005
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 214
  • Author: Roger I. Abrams
  • Publisher: UPNE



An accessible guide to sports law highlighting landmark cases and personalities

A Skating Life

  • Filename: a-skating-life.
  • ISBN: 9781401389789
  • Release Date: 2007-10-02
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Dorothy Hamill
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



The dazzling smile, the signature haircut, the staple spin. "America's Sweetheart" Dorothy Hamill grew up on the ice, working toward the dream she was to accomplish by age nineteen: winning Olympic gold in figure skating. But life was not the picture of perfection it appeared to be. Dorothy faced a painful inner struggle from the time she was a young girl that followed her into adulthood--though she would not know about the depression that ran in her family until much later in life. Weeks and months away from home to train and compete took a difficult toll, yet little reprieve could be found in the tumultuous and fragile relationship she had with her parents. Dorothy went on to marry the man of her dreams, only to have the partnership end in heartache and a tragedy that almost pushed her to her breaking point. Then, just when a light at the end of the tunnel finally began to appear, a second failed marriage tried and tested Dorothy's trust and strength yet again--a travesty that could have led her to give up. But, she found a remarkable strength in what she did have--her greatest love, her daughter Alexandra. "Thank goodness, I had my skating. There was certainly a pattern to my life. When times were tough, I went skating. It was only while I was out on the ice, enjoying the freedom of movement and my love of music, that I was able to escape from my bottomless heartache." In her deeply moving and honest memoir, Dorothy opens up for the first time about love, family, courage, and what it means to truly win both on and off the ice.

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.

Chester s Way

  • Filename: chester-s-way.
  • ISBN: 0688154727
  • Release Date: 1997-09-22
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Kevin Henkes
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that's the way it was - until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood.

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