As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries and a a 2-Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics

As Good As Gold Woman Sports Countries and a a Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics Imagine George Plimpton Except with real athletic ability And he s a woman And she s taken on a challenge that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk game of Go Fish Meet Kathryn Bertine elite triathlete

  • Title: As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries and a a 2-Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics
  • Author: Kathryn Bertine
  • ISBN: 9781933060538
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Imagine George Plimpton Except with real athletic ability And he s a woman And she s taken on a challenge that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk game of Go Fish Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former professional figure skater, and starving artist Just as her personal and professional dreams begin to crumble in the summer of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream Imagine George Plimpton Except with real athletic ability And he s a woman And she s taken on a challenge that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk game of Go Fish Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former professional figure skater, and starving artist Just as her personal and professional dreams begin to crumble in the summer of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream Take two years to make the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing As Good As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine s serial exertions in the realms of triathlon, modern pentathlon, team handball, track cycling, road cycling, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and fasten your seatbelts luge On her journey, the obstacles range from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to road rash But, as time is running out, Bertine doesn t sweat the small stuff, only the large like scouring the globe for a tiny nation to adopt her, and pushing her body and mind as far as it will go Maybe all the way to China Between harrowing, often laugh out loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes short Water Breaks to contemplate the ins and outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and how best to punish steroid users Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides and writes like a champion In As Good as Gold, Bertine proves she has something valuable than an Olympic medal She s got Olympic mettle When it comes to the human heart, she takes the gold.

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    • Isha says:

      I don't understand why this book is so unknown. I LOVED it. Yes, from a certain perspective the story falls into the same category as The Happiness Project or Not Eating Out in New York: a woman chooses a particular challenge to "better herself" and sets out for a year to do so. The comparison ends there. Part madcap antics through a variety of Olympic sports, part following her dreams in spite of nearly impossible odds to become an elite cyclist, Kathryn Bertine alternates between wit, personal [...]

    • Patrick says:

      One of the most inspirational books I have ever read. Captures the mindset and struggles of athletes that anyone can relate to, Olympian and above-average. Easy reading, great prose, and I feel like she was writing about me. I cannot recommend it enough.

    • Jenny says:

      I really enjoyed Kathryn's story and learning about some more obscure Olympic sports along the way. The second half of the book I read quite quickly as I was rooting for her and wanting to see what would happen (I suppose I could've just read her Wiki and spoiled it, but I enjoyed the way the book unfolded with her optimism and drive)

    • Brian Carrigan says:

      very good, funny and Kathryn is a power house

    • Liralen says:

      Bertine was older than your average Olympic hopeful trying out a new sport when she set out to qualify for the 2008 summer Olympics, but she had an advantage. A couple of them, actually. One, her two-year attempt was funded by ESPN; she wrote articles throughout the process but didn't have to, say, wait tables.The idea that I could be an athlete and a journalist seems to confuse people. An athlete who works in a coffee shop while trying to get to the Olympics is rarely considered to be a barista [...]

    • Benjaminxjackson says:

      I first saw Kathryn Bertine's writing when she was doing a series of columns on ESPN about trying to become an Olympian. This book is the results of her attempt, beginning in 2006, to qualify for the Beijing Summer Olympics.Like probably 90% of everyone who knows about them, Bertine's goal was to find a sport where she could compete in the summer Olympics. Unlike the rest of us dreamers, though, she was an elite triathlete when she started. So, she had a leg up in trying to learn a sport and bec [...]

    • Melissa says:

      While most of the population has Walter Mitty daydreams of Olympic glory, Kathryn Bertine has the talent and determination to make her dream a reality. She also has the inner drive to pursue it with every ounce of her being, and the luck to have ESPN bankroll her documentation of it all. The reality is, lucky us, for she took us along with her. I appreciate her narrative style, and the introduction of other Olympic-caliber athletes that gut it out in crap conditions merely because they love it. [...]

    • Mike says:

      I don't normally read much in the realm of either sports or autobiography, but after stumbling across some of this author's columns on ESPN, I decided to read this book. I'm glad I did. The author predominantly maintains a humorous voice while detailing a very unusual experience: being contracted by ESPN as a good athlete and writer to attempt to qualify for an Olympic sport in two years. Katherine attends training camps and evaluation procedures in a variety of sports, before settling on her be [...]

    • David Peters says:

      Have you ever watched the Olympics, or any top level sporting event for that matter, and thought to yourself “I could totally do that.” The Editors at ESPN wondered the same thing and went to find a test subject. What makes this whole experience more humbling is Kathryn Bertine was no couch potato, she was a formidable athlete in her own right. National class ice skater in her youth, college rower in her early twenties, and an elite triathlete as an adult. Could she do it in 2 years?What fol [...]

    • Sarah says:

      A hilarious book. Bertrine, a former figure skater and professional triathlete, as well as a columnist for ESPN, is given a two-year challenge by the network to qualify for the olympics in any sport. She leaves no stone unturned, or sport untested, in her attempt to qualify. Critics fault Bertrine for the wide net she casts, trying sports like handball and luge which she has no experience in or hopes to master. I won't go any further into the plot of her story, but feel that Bertrine's critics a [...]

    • Josh says:

      i loved this book. everything about it. kathryn is an amazing woman, chasing her dreams through an array of sports around the world while endeavoring on this quest sponsored by ESPN - which gave her what was most likely her best chance to be an olympian.her writing style is interesting and engaging. the talent she has as a writer are nearly equal to her skills as a professional athlete. as i progressed through this book i swear i could feel her pain, the disappointment she felt at not making the [...]

    • Tara says:

      Although the title refers to Kathryn Bertine's journey to make it to the Olympics, the title is quite fitting, for the book itself is a gem. As Good as Gold brings the reader on a journey from average (or very good) athlete to Olympic Hopeful. It reminded me that most dreams are worth the time, effort and dedication it might take to get to their destination. As a woman in my thirties, it was wonderful to read about the athletic pursuits of a member of my own generation. Bertine’s writing style [...]

    • Chrissie says:

      A professional triathlete, Bertine sets out to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in any sport. A very fun and educational read - you get to learn all about the intricacies of team handball and modern pentathlon! Bertine strikes a great balance between having a sense of humor about her undertakings and exploring the emotional side of being an athlete. During her quest, she was chronicling her adventures as a column for ESPN, and it reads a bit like that. Overall, loved it and have already reco [...]

    • Ericka says:

      This is a great book about life transitions, in particular about the practice of asking. Bertine doesn't talk about the intricacies of sport, at least not to the point of alienating average readers, or even much about the work she does. What the reader sees a lot of is her willingness to attempt things and make inquiries. Or maybe that's what I'm seeing in these tea leaves because it's such a tough ask for me.Very readable.

    • Amy Moritz says:

      I absolutely loved this book! She has an engaging, witty style yet takes her Olympic quest seriously. I may someday make it to the Olympics as a spectator, but her desire to be an Olympian struck a cord with me. Her take on "failure" and on on "sacrifice" I find particularly interesting and inspiring. The road to being an elite athlete isn't easy, and she details that, but what she brings out is that what matters most in life is following your passion.

    • Michele says:

      Katherine chronicals her quest to become a member of an Olympic team, any team in a very funny and witty style. Katherine is not just a wannabe athlete, but she is already a professional athlete who tries to find a sport that will give her a shot at the Olympics. She tries a number of lesser known sports and discovers that there isn't a sport in the Olympics that is easy. I learned a lot about the Olympics and a lot about the dedication of Olympic athletes.

    • Karen says:

      Great fun book to read. Kathryn is living a lot of our dreams. So many people want to strive to be the best in their sports, but sometimes circumstances don't allow them to pursue them. She wants to make the Olympics and tries to find her sport. This started as a series of ESPN articles and then she wrote this. She keeps your well informed of her progress on her Facebook page. A real inspiration and a seemingly genuine person.

    • Susan says:

      I loved it! Her take on being an athlete is funny, self-depricating, inspiring, and eye opening. A few spots I skipped through but I'm looking forward to reading again to jot down her little sayings! Oh and her take on sports bras is absolutely spot on! :)

    • Aja Marsh says:

      I enjoyed getting an inside peek into some "fringe" sports and how and what it takes to get into the Olympics. Her writing style was entertaining, and a really fun read for anyone who has ever had any desire to go to the Olympics. Would recommend to all of my athlete friends!

    • Doug Cornelius says:

      A great book on athletics, drive and female athletes. For your daughter, niece, or any one with a little bit of athletic drive.

    • Beth says:

      The story is great and inspiring but she's pretty preachy in a lot of things.

    • Lauren says:

      So amazingly funny!!

    • Natalie says:

      This book gives you an appreciation of sports that seem easy.

    • Hybridmobile says:

      Holly - Add this to your list. A cyclist from Tucson. :)

    • Alicia says:

      Great story, fun and inspirational but the writing leaves a lot to be desired. I will say that this book got me motivated to get out and go for a run though!

    • Bea Elwood says:

      Where's the sequel. Funny and inspiring. I'm going to read her first book now and see what else Bertine has been up to. Well researched, insightful and a pleasure to read, I recommend it.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Loved her articles on ESPN and can't wait to read the book!

    • Wendy Coulter says:

      This book is a great one for remembering that what we dream, we can do.ough our dreams often end differently in reality. Funny, smart, and engaging. Kathryn is a natural at writing.

    • Cecilia says:

      Great read! As someone who always wanted to be in the Olympics, this book takes you through Kathryn Bertine's journey to do just that. It is funny and definitely motivating.

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