The Olympic torch is doing a final lap around London today, sweeping through the city igniting excitement before it makes its last stop at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics tomorrow. While we appreciate the Olympics for the sense of spirit it brings with each country rallying behind their athletes throughout the games, what we really admire are the stories behind the athletes and how they’ve risen to the world stage—not to mention the very top of their sport. A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into their dream of one day participating in the Olympic Games (which makes for some really great listening entertainment).
Below are some great memoirs, written by some pretty amazing athletes. Each of them will give you an inside look at their long journey. For example, there is a candid and uplifting memoir written by Olympic medalist Amanda Beard (We happen to be listening to this one and it’s amazing! Check back for the review next week), a revealing look into the secrets behind Michael Phelps remarkable success, along with many other truly inspiring stories! Check them out below:
And here are a few more books for the history buffs in the crowd: