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Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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About the Author
David Boudia is an Olympic champion, a gold-medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and winner of multiple world championship medals. Winner of six NCAA national titles at Purdue University and winner of five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, Boudia was the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship. He lives with his wife and daughter in West Lafayette, IN
Tim Ellsworth is associate vice president for university communications at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the author of Pujols: More Than the Game and God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
For years, all he cared about was winning. So, now, what could possibly be greater than gold? The book is about so much more than diving. I can wholeheartedly say that this book was more than I could have hoped for. I loved the candidness of the struggles and the triumphs (and the struggles in the triumphs). I feel certain that I will read it time and again.
The book would also be great for small groups, Sunday school classes, and/or book clubs.
As a fellow Purdue grad, I have always followed David's story. He is refreshingly honest in describing how it felt to fail on the world stage in the 2008 Olympics. He doesn't hold back, describing how he spiraled downward and entertained thoughts of suicide. It was so inspiring to hear how he pulled himself up, with his faith and help from so many, to win gold in 2012.
I also thought David did a great job relating his experiences to what others go through. We all struggle, even if we aren't Olympic class athletes!
After reading this story, I will watch David in Rio with different eyes. I won't be crushed or sad if he doesn't medal, because he's already a winner in my book! He has his priorities straight, and has a beautiful family who will be there for him, no matter what happens in the pool. Go David!! #GreaterThanGold
He describes his love for his family and his deep faith as being integral in his spiritual and emotional healing. Watching him dive was just amazing. It was also fun to see the looks on the faces of his wife and child, as you could tell that they were just as inspired by him as he is by them.
In the book, he talks about becoming a Christian and how his faith motivates him in different aspects of his life. What I liked the most of this book was the part at the end where he talks about his motivation to continue, even though he had thought that he was at the pinnacle of his career in 2013. This book is a fast and easy read, and I think it would be an inspiring story to kids and athletes alike.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.