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Book Title: As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries and a a 2-Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics|
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The author of the book: Kathryn Bertine
Date of issue: May 4th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781933060538
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Imagine George Plimpton. Except with real athletic ability. And he’s a woman. And she’s taken on a challenge that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk game of Go Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former professional figure skater, and starving artist. Just as her personal and professional dreams begin to crumble in the summer of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take two years to make the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. As Good As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial exertions in the realms of triathlon, modern pentathlon, team handball, track cycling, road cycling, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her journey, the obstacles range from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to road rash. But, as time is running out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, only the large—like scouring the globe for a tiny nation to adopt her, and pushing her body and mind as far as it will go. Maybe all the way to China.
Between harrowing, often laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes short “Water Breaks” to contemplate the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and how best to punish steroid users.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides—and writes—like a champion. In As Good as Gold, Bertine proves she has something more valuable than an Olympic medal. She’s got Olympic mettle. When it comes to the human heart, she takes the gold.
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Read information about the authorKathryn Bertine is in her 6th year of road cycling, and is a three-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) and professional cyclist for Team Colavita/Fine Cooking. She has garnered two top 10 and six top 20 UCI finishes, and has competed at five world championships. A native of Bronxville, NY she lives and trains in Tucson, AZ with her husband, George Varhola.
She holds a BA from Colgate University and an MFA from the University of Arizona.
Athletics have been a constant in Bertine’s life since childhood. She is a former Division I rower for Colgate University, a pro figure skater, and pro triathlete–which eventually lead to the beginning of her road cycling career in 2007. Off the bike, she is a journalist and author of two sports memoirs (All The Sundays Yet to Come, Little Brown and As Good As Gold, ESPN Books), and wrote the So You Wanna Be an Olympian?column for ESPN and the Riding with the Pros column for espnW, where she also worked as senior editor in 2011. HALF THE ROAD is her first documentary.
In 2010, Kathryn married George Varhola.