Friday, July 27, 2012

Winning Balance: What I've Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams by Shawn Johnson and Nancy French

In, June of 2012, Shawn Johnson; America's sweetheart and four-time Olympic medalist retired from gymnastics. She was unable to come back from an injury. Like many other, Americans, I was crushed. The spunky, sweet, cheerful gymnast's career was over.

I waited to put this review out, until today. The opening date of the London 2012 Olympics. In honor of all the athletes who are competing, those who have retired and those who tried but never quite made it. May we crush at the Olympics this year and bring home more than ever.

Her book -- outlines her career as a gymnast and her life after the, 2008 Olympics. Shawn didn't have the "typical" gymnastic career. She was never pushed into it nor did she workout 40 hours a week. Her parents wanted her to stay grounded, she attended public school and even went to homecoming. She got to experience life as a relatively "normal" teen in addition to the life, fame and notoriety that comes with being a recognized elite athlete.

Shawn makes a difficult sport look simple and her book gives you insight to her inner struggles with with gymnastics and home life. She is a role model, who has managed to stay "true" to herself and at age 20 has accomplish more than most people ever will.

Her book is an easy, enjoyable read. I recommend if for her fans, those who want to know more about gymnastics and parents of future gymnasts.

Grade: A+

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