Clearly, we’ve been watching a lot of Olympic events at our house. Jim McKay of World Wide Sports said it, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Watching these athletes representing their countries in sports they have been practicing for decades is amazing and inspiring.
We are also learning about new sports that we don’t have the opportunity to see every day. Thanks to the helpful announcers we now critique divers’ entry splashes, call water polo fouls that are happening underwater, spot net violations in beach volleyball and have even learned a few rules about handball. Who knew that was a sport before?
But the most moving part of the Olympics has to be the stories behind the athletes. The struggles with health, family life, alcohol, depression, fame and car accidents are those that can affect anyone. But when they hit someone with Olympic athletic potential, and they are overcome, there is nothing more inspirational.
WriteLife Publishing would like to share several books with you about the athletes who have either found their way through sports or found sports along their journey. These are moving reads about real people with real issues:
Changing the Game Plan by Trey Rood and Cherie Rood:
Trey Rood was a young, healthy high school athlete when he received the diagnosis of stage III melanoma, which progressed to stage IV in two short years. With a five-year survival rate of five percent, Trey and his mother Cherie refused to accept the poor odds given by doctors or that the aggressive cancer would prevent Trey from ever attending college. Instead, they chose to fight with everything they had. And fight they did.
Flowing with the Go by Elena Stowell:
For what seemed like a lifetime and probably was, Elena Stowell wandered aimlessly in a personal prison of self-doubt and lack of purpose after her fifteen-year-old daughter Carly died suddenly before her eyes. By some combination of miracle and necessity, she walked into a Seattle area Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym and rolled for the first time in her life. Through that experience and others that followed, Elena discovered the tenets of the martial art form and healing were the same. With a ripping raw honesty and refreshing balance of humor and introspection, Elena’s story reminds us to never stop panning for the gold within ourselves.
This book is a double award winner: 2012 Silver eLit Awards winner in the Aging/Death/Dying Category, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in the Inspirational Category, and 2013 Bronze Medal Living Now Book Awards winner in Grieving/Death/Dying!
As a bonus, here is the Portuguese Edition: Indo Com O Fluxo. This is the first time a nation that speaks Portuguese has ever hosted the Olympics.
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