“in the water they can’t see you cry” by Amanda Beard with Rebecca Paley, published by Touchstone Books.
Category – Memoir
Most of us remember Amanda Beard from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She was the cute fourteen year old who won two silver medals and one gold medal.
None of us were aware of what it took for her to get there and the consequences that plagued her due to her youth and notoriety.
Amanda was just having fun in 1996, but that all turned dark when she became a fourteen year old celebrity, a status that she neither wanted nor knew how to handle. She found herself heading into an area of self-destruction. Self-destruction came in the form of not being happy with her body, bouts of depression, struggles with alcohol and drugs, bulimia, and worse of all cutting. She had a very difficult time with relationships that she found very difficult to end. Her relationships with Ryk Neethling, a World Class swimmer from South Africa, and Carl Edwards, a NASCAR driver, were tumultuous and devastating.
Through all of this, Amanda was able to complete in four Olympic games and win seven medals. She is now training to attempt to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
A wonderful story that should be read by all those participating in competitive sports and those that show signs of the problems overcome by Amanda Beard. A book that also belongs on the shelves of those who love memoirs.