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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I loved this book. It's an inspiring autobiography centered on what it was like to come up against the DDR doping program with no support from the media or sports organizations.
Shirley is one of our greatest swimmers and showed amazing interior strength to be virtually alone in calling out the cheaters. Everyone should watch the 4x women's freestyle relay on youtube. IMO it's just as exciting as the famous men's relay with Jason Lezak's swim. Beating the dopers is a great accomplishment! High time the USA somehow awarded the right medals to the women's team, including golds to the second place finishers. I've thought that for some time and really enjoyed getting the first hand view.
This is a great story of an American Olympian who would have won multiple gold medals in but the East Germans were drug cheats and for her outspoken nature, surely was viewed a spoiled sore loser. The book reads like she is there talking to you. It is even more relevant given the IOC's reluctance to ban all Russian athletes because the Russians are systematic drug cheats. Like a lot of the reviewers, I'm old enough to remember the Olympics and how Shirley Babashoff was cheated out of several gold medals by the East German doping system.
It's good to have her finally write at length about this experience. This book was really necessary for something I find unbelievable: Many top swimmers in the current generation know nothing about her and what happened in Montreal. Shirley Babashoff should be known in any household with a swimmer for being not only one of the all-time greats, but for what happened to her.
She should be a revered figure in the U. I hope this book sells well and helps restore her as the honored member of the world swimming community she so richly deserves to be. Not just a song, a movement against doping, led by someone characterized as a sore loser, that was 40 years ago and it could be today. I think maybe a plot point of the movie Perfect was from a coach predator whose story is told in this book associated with Diana Nyad. Ms Babashoff hung out with good people like John Naber but home life and married life bad.
She says as is said in another song, the best time for her is now. Shirley was one of my This book is phenomenal! Shirley was one of my idols while growing up and swimming in Southern California. After reading her book and life story, she is even MORE of an idol. I respect her beyond words. Not only for the compelling story it tells about Shirley and everything she went through in a lonely fight for the truth, but for the larger picture about what totalitarian philosophies like communism do to a nation and a people. This is ultimately an inspiring true story, well told, about a long battle to get the truth out, against many powerful forces in both the sports and political worlds.
In the Olympic Games, Shirley, not the doping East Germans, was made out to be the bad guy, because she spoke out! This book is a real eye-opener about how doping was covered up, and sadly, athletes who followed the rules, like Babashoff, were cheated, and they are still rightfully waiting for their gold medals. Loved this book, and it's very interesting applicable today for all athletes. I purchased this book because I wanted to support Shirley Babashoff and read her story. Her story is one that every athlete should know.
I personally have wondered about her story since the Olympics. This book is an easy read as in the way that it is written. Some of it is difficult to get through on a personal basis reading about what happened to her in her early life and then in competition. I am glad that I read it. My daughter was a swimmer from the age of 5 to the 18 and I hope she reads this book too.
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