As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries, and a by Kathryn Bertine

By Kathryn Bertine

Think George Plimpton. other than with actual athletic skill. And he’s a girl. 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 expert 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 strong As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial hard work within the geographical regions of triathlon, smooth pentathlon, staff handball, tune biking, highway biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
 
On her trip, the stumbling blocks diversity from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to street rash. yet, as time is operating out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, basically 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 the entire method to China.
 
Between harrowing, frequently 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 stable as Gold, Bertine proves she has whatever extra necessary than an Olympic medal. She’s bought Olympic mettle. by way of the human middle, she takes the gold.

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Between the swim and the run, there is some technical business to attend to. Because Lucas Gilman, the photographer ESPN has assigned to me, is with me at pentathlon camp, we make sure to get proper approval for his presence. A few calls to Bob Condron, the head of PR at the OTC, and we are all set. Lucas simply has to ask permission from any athlete before taking their photo. But for the most part, he’ll be photographing me. Unfortunately, there is a downside to having a personal paparazzo: I stick out like a sore thumb.

Before I could figure out how to go get ’em, I had to go get myself a place where I could live and train and write and, most important, be happy again. My heart wasn’t ready to go back to Boulder, where my relationship ended. My mind couldn’t handle training for any summer sport in the climate and confines of New York City. The idea of moving somewhere new and unfamiliar was unsettling. I only had two years to attempt to get to the Olympics—and in new surroundings, given my capacity to get lost, I would lose some of that time just getting acclimated.

Is my eye contact being read as arrogance instead of confidence? Do I throw people off by smiling at the challenge of the sport instead of wrinkling my brow into worry lines? Is it my T-shirt, silk-screened with I’m Gonna Kick Your Wimpy Ass that turns people off? Oh, wait, I’m wearing a plain white tank top. I hold eye contact with Janusz and speak slowly but confidently. “I understand. Penthalon is hard. ” To be accepted for national level training, a female pentathlete must complete a two-hundred-meter swim in under two minutes and forty seconds, and finish the three-kilometer run in under 11:20.

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