By Kathryn Bertine
Think George Plimpton. other than with actual athletic skill. And he’s a lady. And she’s taken on a problem that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk online game of pass Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former specialist determine skater, and ravenous artist. simply as her own goals start to disintegrate in the summertime of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take years to make the 2008 summer season Olympics in Beijing. As reliable As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial hard work within the geographical regions of triathlon, glossy pentathlon, workforce handball, music biking, highway biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her trip, the hindrances variety from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to highway rash. yet, as time is operating out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, simply the large—like scouring the globe for a tiny state to undertake her, and pushing her physique and brain so far as it's going to move. possibly all of the solution to China.
Between harrowing, usually laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes brief “Water Breaks” to think about the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and the way most sensible to punish steroid users.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides—and writes—like a champion. In As strong as Gold, Bertine proves she has anything extra necessary than an Olympic medal. She’s bought Olympic mettle. in terms of the human center, she takes the gold.
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As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries, and a 2-Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics by Kathryn Bertine