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Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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An Entertainment Weekly Best YA book of 2017
"Aly's success as a gymnast is no doubt incredible. But Fierce gives an intimate look into her journey not just as an athlete, but as an impressive and powerful young woman. She's a role model to our daughters, an incredible friend, and the embodiment of bravery and girl power!"―Nick Swisher and JoAnna Garcia Swisher
"An appealing, readable memoir for more than just future gymnasts."―Kirkus Reviews
"...an accessible memoir, of an inspirational bent...with some vital, tender discussion of her experience of sexual assault included as well. It's a book of (appropriately) fierce advocacy."
"...lively and straightforward...Raisman's inspiring and enlightening story belongs in every teen biography collection."―SLJ
About the Author
Aly Raisman is a gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast who captained the U.S. team to victories in 2012 and 2016. She has won six Olympic medals overall, and was a member of two gold-medal-winning World Championships teams. A native of Needham, Massachusetts, Aly's love for the sport can be traced back to a "mommy & me" gymnastics class she took as an eighteen-month-old. Aly is a leader on and off the floor, and a fierce advocate for body positivity.
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Aly Raisman is so brave to write honestly about her experiences in gymnastics. It is people like her who have the courage to take a stand for what they believe in that are going to change the world, impact lives, and hopefully change sport.
This book is unique in that it is not another "fluffy" athlete book. Parts of it are upsetting, devastating, infuriating... disgusting. Raisman even talks about the culture of USA Gymnastics and how they neglected their athletes. Hopefully the culture of the organization will change to be kinder, healthier, safer, and more human than it has been in the past. With these positive changes I could see American gymnastics reaching heights never before seen or dreamed possible.
Aly does an amazing job describing her ups and downs of how she got to the Olympics. Everybody was very supportive in her choices even her teachers at school. This book describes Aly's race to the gold.