By Kathryn Bertine
Think George Plimpton. other than with genuine 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 cross Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former expert 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 solid As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial hard work within the geographical regions of triathlon, sleek pentathlon, group handball, tune biking, highway biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her trip, the hindrances diversity from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to highway rash. yet, as time is working 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 the entire option to China.
Between harrowing, usually laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes brief “Water Breaks” to consider 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 worthy than an Olympic medal. She’s bought Olympic mettle. by way of the human middle, she takes the gold.
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