By Kathryn Bertine
Think George Plimpton. other than with genuine athletic skill. And he’s a lady. And she’s taken on a problem that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk video game of move Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former specialist determine skater, and ravenous artist. simply as her own desires start to fall apart in the summertime of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take years to make the 2008 summer season Olympics in Beijing. As solid As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial hard work within the nation-states of triathlon, glossy pentathlon, workforce handball, music biking, street 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 highway rash. yet, as time is working out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, merely 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 pass. probably the entire option to China.
Between harrowing, usually 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 top to punish steroid users.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides—and writes—like a champion. In As sturdy as Gold, Bertine proves she has anything extra worthwhile than an Olympic medal. She’s received Olympic mettle. in terms of the human middle, she takes the gold.