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Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics (The Sports Beat #6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,177 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein dives headfirst into a scandal of Olympic proportions in this exciting sports mystery.
Teen sports reporter Susan Carol is competing as a swimmer at her first-ever Olympic games. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and her best friend Stevie is both amazed and envious. Usually they cover sporting events together, now
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
As an Olympics junkie, I just had to check this out. (I even took a grad course in the history of the Olympics) Because we start school July 30, I also wanted to read it to decide how many copies to have ready in the library. I agree with other posters that the Olympics part was the most interesting, and the "mystery" was definitely secondary, and not really that necessary.

Once you get over the somewhat contrived situation, the main thing is that the book does a pretty good job of describing com
Ellie Kraus
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I haven't read the others in this series, so the characters and their back stories were new to me. Feinstein seems to do a good job giving you enough information about their history without going overboard (and, therefore, boring folks who have read the others). I'm an Olympics fan and a mystery fan, so this was a fun read; it's typical of mysteries--light reading, fun plot, and likable young sleuths. I think kids in the 7th-9th grade range will enjoy this series--both girls and boys. (There's a ...more
Phillip Laswell
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a very good book for boys and girls as its about the struggles of a girl who is attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. She has a very bumpy road there and she takes you along the way. One of her problems is sexism and in a way looking down on women. This story is perfect for boys and girls because girls can learn about what goes on in some cases in the real world and boys can learn to realize that sexism is a very real thing and that we need to respect and appreciate our women ...more
Pre-read reaction: The author's a sportswriter, it's about the Olympics, and it's a mystery? I think I might enjoy this. :)

Post-read reaction: This was very well written. Loved Susan Carol and Stevie's characters and how they toggle between the swimming competition and media tours that athletes travel on. It felt quite vivid and immersed me in the overarching journey. The story has a very decent mystery involving corrupt agents and race fixing, not to mention a few surprises with a nice cast of
Sarah Grace
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rush for the Gold written by John Feinstein is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes sports ,it is a sports mystery .I liked the way that the author combined reporting and swimming in this book it was very interesting.
In this story Susan Carol Anderson,our main character, is a rising star in the swimming world. She is fast and she is also pretty,which is what the agents look. When Susan Carol and her father find out that agents are looking to sign with her they become ecstatic.They get
Why I picked it up: I’ve read at least 2 other books about Stevie and Susan Carol before, and this one is set at the London Olympics.

Teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol have been at many major sporting and they have found some sort of mystery or controversy at each. The Olympics are no exception, except that this time, Susan Carol is an athlete and something doesn’t seem right with the sports agency she & her dad have signed a contract with. With Susan Carol competing, Stevie is
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
So.... I've been a competitive swimmer for about 45 years. I HAD to purchase this book from the book fair this fall. For me personally....I liked the book (didn't LOVE it), but was thoroughly engaged during the whole read. The details of the swimming were on par. I got excited reading about all the nuances of the races, and the Olympic Trials (which I attended) and the name-dropping of all the "real" swimmers. That part was FUN for me!
What bothered me was:
1) the book is billed as a "mystery" wh
Max Mallah
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Friends who like sports and mystery
This is the last book in the series by John Feinstein. I read the first book, Last Shot, and I really liked it. I then later started to read all of the books in the series. When I read the first book, I was hooked onto it because it had a lot of sports action and a mystery. The two main characters, Susan and Stevie, are kid reporters who go to major sorting events. While they are there, there is always a scandal that happens, whether its blackmailing, a fixed game, or even lying about drug test ...more
Teresa in Ohio
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
I decided to read this book in antipaction or the upcoming Olympics. This book does a great job of explaining how athletes get ready to compete at a high level and juggle life school and other issues. Susan Carol is a world championship swimmer working on preparing for the Olympic trials when agents and sponsors bombard her and pressure her dad to sign with them. The money is very tempting and causes friction in the dad/daughter relationship. I really enjoyed just reading the story to get a deep ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Weeellllll . . . much of it read like a Wikipedia entry for Olympic records. :( Not a hugely compelling mystery for someone who is a mystery fan. Feinstein's experience as a sports reporter shows through. This book reads much like a sports article. Given its publication date, it also seems like a shameless effort to capitalize on the London Olympics. How about writing a story in which there is some personal passion involved?
Grant Combs
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Rush For Gold is a great swimming book that is very interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who is a swimmer.
Ella G
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked up the book Rush For the Gold by John Feinstein because of my interest of swimming as a sport and the intriguing mystery theme.

The book introduces you to the main character fifteen year old teen reporter and competitive swimmer Susan Carol Anderson. Susan Carol’s life changed forever when she went from being a solid age group swimmer to a national contender all in one swim meet. All of a sudden she is no longer an average fifteen year old girl. Tons of sponsors, agents, and media are a
Chance Hansen
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really surprised with this book. First off it broke a major rule that most books this age hits right on. (I'll say what I mean a little later.)
My first opinion of this book was ugg. I thought it was going to be boring but we got it from Chapters because it is unique story idea. Can I say just how wrong I was, I really underestimated this book. As someone that doesn't enjoy sports this took me into this world of Olympic swimming.
One thing I really like is that this books biggest mystery is
Tray Ellis
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a really entertaining story. I liked the characters and I liked the insight into the Olympics, swimming, newswriting, and the slimy underbelly of big company sponsorship.

The best thing about this story is its readability. It falls down in a few areas: a little bit in the believably of what 15 year olds are going to be doing so independently, and somewhat in the depth of their thoughts, the reader stays very surface level with them, and in the family relationships as I wanted more about
Lottie Jensen
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Rush for the Gold" is a sports mystery novel by John Feinstein. John Feinstien is a famous sports writer. Usually a book like this would be one of my favorites, but this one was only okay. It was hard to get into and even though I am a swimmer and this is a book about swimming, I never really got into it. The beginning is slow, the first 50+ pages or so only being about Susan Carol's, the main character, relationship with her agents. Susan Carol is a 15 year old, world level swimmer. She has be ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A soon-to-be 8th grade girl read this book, and she loved it - in reality, she couldn't quit gushing about it almost to the point where I wanted her to stop talking about it.

The overall consensus was there is a lot of action and mystery, the excitement build up (and the tie-in to the Olympics starting this weekend was a bonus), and the budding young romance that has a little bit of distance to it that seems to grab every pre and young teenager's heart. I think the best kudo a book can receive, e
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rush For the Gold by John Feinstein is a big page turner. This book gives you a whole new view on the life of a swimmer going through the 2012 Olympics. I love how the author gave us the drama behind the swimming world like with agents, family, and other athletes. The main character Susan Carol is a 15 year swimmer trying to make a spot on the 2017 Olympic team. Susan is someone that I would look up because I can relate to her in so many ways and she seems to always lighten the room up. Susan an ...more
Samantha Arrdeondo
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
***Slight Spoiler***

This book was one of the best realistic fiction books I have read in a long time. It is about a you swimming star who is strugglig with the different types of attention she is recieving. I personally realted to thi book because I am a swimmer myself. This allowed me to relate on a more personal level to the main character. Without having the experience in swimming, I do not think I wuld have enjoyed the book any less. If I could change one thing about the book, it would be to
Hailey Gonzalez
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein was an interesting book. I do like the Olympics and swimming, That's why i was very interested to read this book. Personally out of the books i have read it wasn't my favorite. I found myself putting the book down after 10-15 minutes of reading it. It was a little less entertaining for me considering i love to read horror and thriller novels. The storyline was interesting but i feel like the author could have added more to the book by making it more dramatic.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Susan Carol Anderson was a great swimmer. She is in the olympics! She may become famous and very very rich. Susan's boyfriend, Stevie, watches her swim with amazement. Will she end up beating the record?

This book wasn't amazing but it wasn't terrible either. It was average. At some parts I felt like the events were the same and it was just repeating. I would recommend this book if you're interested in swimming. But if you aren't, I would not recommend.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
If you are looking for a good mystery...this is not it. I did not feel that this was a mystery but more of a story about the path to the olympics. There was some “mystery” at the end of the book but I felt this was more “normal” behavior from these characters than anything. If you are looking for a solid mystery story this is just not the book.
Sara Younger
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book.... I seem to be on a mystery kick although this one was fairly predictable however still a sweet coming of age book about a young high school gal, her boyfriend, a sports writer, and her father who gets wrapped up in the hoopla of her daughters status as an Olympian. who is able to grab I'm usually a sucker for anything sport related and this was a fun and easy summer read!
Matteo Mwemba
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John Feinstein had a way of not only having Susan Carol as a reporter, but also as an athlete.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good book, but it is sort of one sides. There is no complexity in the plot and the writing is very straight forward. This is a good book for elementary students, but not for older readers.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's this girl named Susan Carol she likes to watch basketball tournaments and even the super bowl, she also likes to swim. Her problem is that she is nervous for her first competition to the Olympics. What I like about this book is that when Susan tried her best to win at the Olympics even though she competes with the best Athlete in the world. I don't have anything that I don't like in this book it's super intense you all should it until the end!
Brody Jobbins
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rush for Gold , written by John Feinstein, is a sports mystery book about a scandal at the Olympics involving main character Susan Carol Anderson. The book is the third book in a six book series in which Susan Carol Anderson and her boyfriend, Stevie Thomas, cover major sports events in which illegal activities is taking place and they’re forced to uncover the problems and bring the people involved to justice. This book was recommended to me by a friend who is just as in love my sports books as ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Susan Carol Anderson is a amazing swimmer and she is very good at but once she was swimming Shanghai China and she kept hearing her dads voice and she was under water. And she didn't understand how she could hear her dads voice. And she said ''its almost as if they were back home in Goldsboro, North Carolina sitting in there living room. But then she could see his dad sitting on the blichers. She could see him sheering her on while she want up and down throw the water.

There was many stuggles
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya
Review pending . . .
Kyle Mann
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Rush for the Gold is about a young girl named Susan Carol Anderson who has gone from a good swimmer to a great one; she has one world championships and even made it to the Olympics. Also as quickly, came the agents and media wanting to sign her deals here and there, and her father, Reverend Anderson usually pushes away agents, but with all the money they offer it was hard to say no. But money can change people, and make them oblivious to their decisions. Susan Carol’s boyfriend, and reporting pa ...more
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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