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 video game of move Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former specialist determine skater, and ravenous artist. simply as her own goals start to fall apart in the summertime of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take years to make the 2008 summer time Olympics in Beijing. As stable As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial labor within the geographical regions of triathlon, glossy pentathlon, crew handball, song biking, street biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her trip, the stumbling blocks 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, merely the large—like scouring the globe for a tiny kingdom to undertake her, and pushing her physique and brain so far as it is going to cross. possibly all of the technique 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 whatever extra precious than an Olympic medal. She’s bought Olympic mettle. by way of the human center, she takes the gold.
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