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In these pages, she speaks frankly about her struggles with depression, the pressures to be thin, and the unhealthy relationships she confused for love. Amanda Beard is a seven-time Olympic medalist. Visit her at AmandaBeard. Engaging on many levels, this memoir resonates with readers by addressing real-life issues, not just those facing Olympic athletes. By clicking 'Sign me up' I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use.

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I saw no reason for this as many parts of the book seem to reflect her immaturity rather than her reflection back on a relationship to see how it changed her. I just don't feel like we have to have books written by every famous person to show that they are There were also a lot of parts that mentioned her depression. I found it heartbreaking, as so many people deal with this.

But mixed in with this was the fact that she had a lot of advantages in life.

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She could have reflected a little bit more on that and the fact that she STILL had depression, given all this rather than "I had to sell one of my two homes. I have feeling that Amanda, years from now, will laugh at herself. If she hasn't already. Sep 17, Corinne Edwards rated it liked it Shelves: olympic-athlete , non-fiction , sports , olympics , memoir , , mental-illness , depression , self-harm.

Do you know Amanda Beard? If you watched the Olympics the way I did, you would know her - the 14 year old swimmer who ended up on the medal stand three times. Open and sometimes brutally honest, Amanda takes us behind the scenes at the Olympics, at the training pool and in her private life. My daughter actually checked this out at the library, but she didn't have a chance to read it before heading to camp Do you know Amanda Beard? My daughter actually checked this out at the library, but she didn't have a chance to read it before heading to camp so I started it in a moment of peace.

I found myself strangely interested - it's very readable and her life is very intriguing. I really loved what she had to say about that first Olympics she went to - it's crazy to read about an event like that from an insider's point of view, since we are only shown what the media WANTS us to see, not necessarily the whole truth. Sometimes she was frustrating - so many unfortunate choices. And it took a long time for her to figure out who she really was - but that part I think was what I liked most. She talks bluntly about some very personal issues - an eating disorder, self-harm, depression - and how she worked through it.

How she faced it and continues to overcome it. She really ripped on some of the people she had relationships with, and sometimes it felt like she was being vaguely vindictive, which was annoying. But I was still intrigued enough that even with very few reading minutes available, I wanted to finish it. It wasn't necessarily a life-changing read but I respect her openness about things that a lot of people are dealing with - it makes you feel that if amazing, world-recording holding athletes can have such hard problems and overcome them, maybe I can too.

Dec 30, Meggen rated it it was ok Shelves: auto-biography , non-fiction-adult. This book made me very sad to read. Amanda, an Olympic swimmer and winner of several medals in her 5 appearances in the games, writes candidly about her life and struggles. The same intensity which drove her to win in the pool also drove her reckless lifestyle as a self-proclaimed "adrenalin junkie.

Anyone who has struggled with This book made me very sad to read. Anyone who has struggled with any of these issues will probably see themselves in parts of this book. I felt the last 20 pages were the most redeeming of the book--where she comes to more fully embrace who she is and realizes that being a mother and a good wife are the things that bring her the most lasting joy and fulfillment. This book was not extremely well-written nor did it inspire me to want to be better or do better. But I do appreciate the journey which Amanda has taken through her life and applaud her efforts to share her struggles and triumphs without sugar coating anything.

Jul 05, Kc rated it it was amazing. Since a young age, Amanda Beard has been one of my swimming idols, and I always looked up to her as a swimmer. After reading her memoir and learning about the hardships she has had to overcome, I now look up to her as a person as well. She had to deal with her parents' divorce at an early age and escape emotionally abusive relationships, but what really hit home for me was how she dealt with her low self-esteem in the years after her first Olympics.

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I completely empathized with her need for rele Since a young age, Amanda Beard has been one of my swimming idols, and I always looked up to her as a swimmer. I completely empathized with her need for release through cutting, but admired the way that she was willing to ask for help and improve her life. The memoir ended on a high note, and it's clear that her husband Sacha and her son Blaise have been the high points in her life. Of course I recommend this to all swimmers, but I also recommend non-swimmers to read this because it provides a good message that no matter how hard things are, you can still overcome them.

It also shows people that everyone has to struggle in life, even Olympians. All in all, it's an incredibly inspiring memoir from one of the greatest swimmers in the world. Apr 27, Casey rated it it was amazing. The story began with Amanda in her younger years, during summer, a blazing day in Irvine, CA; she was running from her house in a nice suburban neighborhood to the local pool, open to surrounding houses. This is where it all started for Amanda, she swan day after day, even when school began, she practiced hard and loved every minute of it.

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However, one day after she and her dad had returned from a vacation weekend, they opened the door to In the Water They Can't See You Cry was a fantastic read! However, one day after she and her dad had returned from a vacation weekend, they opened the door to an empty house. They had opened the door to her sisters Taryn, Leah, and her mother missing, the house barren with what solely belonged to Amanda's father. From there they moved on, Amanda only knew how to forget pain by creating it for herself in the pool, she trained harder, stuck to a specific diet, and challenged herself until one day she decided she needed a coach.

She moved onto a bigger team that trained often, she started on the bottom, but within a few years would land herself fastest breaststroker on the team. Her times were good enough to get her to Olympic Trials and then onto the Olympics, at this time it would have been the Olympics in Athens Greece and she was about age eight. She did well, but after she began puberty and became depressed wondering if her mother's disappearance had been her fault. She quit swimming for a while, but later picked it back up and realized she wasn't as good as she used to be though.

While in college, she struggled with both her classes and swimming, she had trouble reading, so she would call her dad and he would read to her. Swimming still hadn't improved much, but she met someone, Ryk, a swimmer for the African Olympic Team; later their relationship had morphed into an abusive one in which Amanda experimented with various drugs and began to be bulimic and later started cutting her wrists. After she had broken up with Ryk, she had gone on to other guys, but none as serious as she and Ryk had been; so she took up modeling and became extremely successful.

It was at a photo shoot that she met her husband Sacha. He was an intern and Amanda had a love a first sight moment, she just had to get to know him, so she made the move and they began talking and later got engaged and then married. Sacha was good for Amanda, she still had issues to sort out so he demanded that she see a psychiatrist, in which she did, and later was able to get medication for the issues she underwent. When they were ready, they made the decision to have a baby, and on September 15, at a.

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Blaise Ray Brown was born, Amanda mainly focused on being a mother, not so much on her swimming career, but when she was ready, she got back in the pool and went to the gym regularly, and one more time made it to Olympic Trials, but failed to make it all the way, but she was happy that she had even placed because she knew that this would be one of her last great swims.

From there the story died down and went into the credits, which was also interesting to read as well. In my opinion this book was invigorating and all around amazing. There was only one thing I hated about it, that it ended so fast. It was one of those books that you just cannot put down my favorite kind of book. I loved so many aspects of this book, for example, I loved that Amanda expressed her drug abuse, abuse, and just pure hardships that she had to go through.

The things I really enjoyed however were the stories about her son, how she met Sacha, and her swimming stories. I was able to truly connect with this book because I too was a swimmer, but had to give it up because of reasons other than having a child. It wasn't that Amanda had to give it up though, she wanted to because she cared more about her son opposed to what really made her happy, which I also admired. I would recommend this book to people of all ages, but specifically teens who love memoirs or autobiographies, coming of age, family, or learning lessons. Jun 16, DW rated it really liked it Shelves: sports.

I wasn't going to read this book because it sounded awfully depressing I finished it in less than 24 hours. It was similar talent at young age, life-consuming training, family issues, wins, losses, problems leaving the sport, marriage, children. What made it different was the extent of he I wasn't going to read this book because it sounded awfully depressing What made it different was the extent of her family issues her mom moves out while she was on vacation with her Dad and they never talk about it ever?

Oh, and nude modeling. That's pretty unique. What struck me was that I had trouble believing that the book was written in her voice. The descriptions of her bad relationships, drug abuse, and self-mutilation were very fair, acknowledging that she was partially at fault for her past situations. Given that she describes herself breaking anything she laid hands on when she got mad, I found it hard to believe that she had the emotional distance to describe past things she had done without blaming other people.

I'm going by Chalked Up, in which, despite having more years since the events she described, Jennifer Sey traces every one of her losses, injuries, and unhealthy eating choices to a wobbly floor, an aggressive stretching coach, a host who was a poor cook However, at the very end of the book, Amanda does go through therapy and sounds like she managed to balance out her life, so perhaps she has come to terms with everything.

Jennifer Sey does not seem to have gone to therapy. The other thing that surprised me was that Amanda was very much a child at her first Olympics 14, but "a late bloomer". She's lonely and bored because she doesn't fit in with the rest of the team who is much older than she is. I would have been like that in a similar situation except for the world-class swimmer part, obviously. But then Amanda grows up and very much catches up on the dating-drinking-sex world by the time she gets to college, whereas I didn't.