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It's Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life Hardcover – April 21, 2015
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“Miller shares the life lessons that brought Olympic success and gave her the courage to battle ovarian cancer in 2011: goal setting, putting in the work, learning from mistakes, thinking positive, accepting help from others, and never giving up. Sports enthusiasts will applaud this in-depth account of Miller's life; others will be drawn to the inspiring story of a strong and gracious athlete and women's health advocate.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Miller inspires others with her work ethic... With the help of coauthor Peary, a sports writer and film critic, Miller shows what it takes to be a best-in-the world athlete. She quotes Nelson Mandela, 'Don't judge me by my successes but rather how many times I fell and got back up again.' Words for everyone to live by.” ―Booklist
“Shannon Miller has displayed strength, character, and perseverance her entire life. These traits turned her into an Olympic Champion and then helped her beat cancer. In It's Not About Perfect she shares how the traits that have shaped her life can translate into success in all walks of life.” ―Dan Jansen, Olympic Gold Medalist Speed Skater
“Shannon Miller is a champion both on and off the mat. She is not only one of the greatest gymnasts in the history of the sport, she is a great person. Her courage to win as a gymnast shines through just as it did in her battle against cancer. Through and through Shannon is not only a winner but a friend as well.” ―Mary Lou Retton, Women's All-Around Olympic Champion
“I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Shannon Miller as an Olympic teammate and a fellow mom. Shannon's strength and perseverance to conquer any mountain in life are something to be admired.” ―Summer Sanders, Two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer
“Shannon Miller's strength and perseverance in both her sport and cancer battle is something to be admired as it can be applied to conquering any mountain in life.” ―Bonnie Blair, Olympic Speed Skater
About the Author
Shannon Miller remains the most decorated gymnast in American history. She received her law degree from Boston College. Shannon is the founder and president of Shannon Miller Lifestyle, a company dedicated to empowering women to make their health a priority. Shannon lives in Florida with her husband, son Rocco and newest addition, their miracle baby girl Sterling.
Danny Peary is an American film critic and sports writer. He has written and edited twenty-two books. He lives in New York City.
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I love the theme of the book as she continues to realize that life is not about being perfect, but striving to be the best you can be, pulling yourself back up and pushing through when things don't go as planned. It was amazing and inspirational to learn about how she overcame ovarian cancer shortly before becoming pregnant with her miracle daughter. I also enjoyed reading about how she started her business to inspire wellness for women and children, as well as her experiences becoming a mother. This book is a must-read for any gymnastics fans, young or old, as well as people looking for a great story about perseverance. I think it's safe to say I'm even bigger fan after reading!
I would have liked more juicy gossip, like the darker side of elite gymnastics and her personal life, but I understand why she would want to leave that out. Maybe when she retires from her brand we'll get a real tell-all from Shannon!