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.