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Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics

(The Sports Beat #6)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,260 ratings  ·  229 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
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?
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
Flora Bradford
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever gotten to the end of a series and read the last book and thought it could be better? Well this book, the last of John Feinstein's teen sports mysteries, is anything but that. Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein is a terrific book that has the voices of two kid reporters. Susan Carol and Stevie have been reporting about sports events together for a numbers of years. Along with loving to write about sports, Susan Carol became the best woman in the world for swimming the butterfly. As ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love to swim and this is one of the best books I ever read, it was so hooking.
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
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
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
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"
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
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 ...more
Grace Chambers
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine going to a worldwide championship/sporting event and there's a problem/catch? Well, that's what happens in this book. In the other books in this series, (The Sports Beat by John Feinstein) Susan Carol Anderson and Steve Thomas are a dynamic duo, but in this book, Rush for the Gold, Stevie is on his own to figure out what's going on. Susan Carol is going to the Olympics in London, England!!!!! After going to many sporting events, beginning when she won a writer's competition with ...more
Jake Marcum
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein is a wonderful mystery novel for athletes. The book is about a 15 year old girl by the name of Susan Carol Anderson who one day goes from a normal age group swimmer to world champion and is thrown into the spotlight over night. As we travel throughout the book on her athletic journey we also see what it is like for a teenager and significant other to watch. Stevie, Susan Carol's boyfriend, who is also a sports reporter travels and ...more
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
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
Valerie McEnroe
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-15, sports, mystery
Susan Carol and Stevie are kid sports reporters, who always find themselves in the middle of a sports scandal. The root of it is always the same. Money. They've already helped uncover a scandal at the Final Four and the U.S. Open. Now they are at the Olympics and Susan Carol is at the center of the scandal. She is competing in the women's 100m and 200m Butterfly. Because she is attractive, all the big name sports apparel companies are hoping she will win, and sign on to endorse their line. The ...more
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 ...more
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
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,
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 ...more
Reebee Ratkowski
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading about Stevie and Susan Carol. Even though I didn't know all the background, I was caught up pretty quickly to be able to get immersed in the book. I love sports and mysteries. The Olympics and Swimming sealed the deal for me reading this. I couldn't stop reading the book, it was so good! I was sad when it was coming to an end because I didn't want it to end! I will definitely be reading his other books in the series. I recommend this book to anyone who loves sports ...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.
Justin Cello
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Susan Carol’s dream is to be an Olympic swimmer. All she does is swim. This is probably a book for 6th grade and above. There is some mild foul language. They also talk about sex symbols.
Which means an attractive person that everyone wants to date. Also, some of the books are slower than other parts. But overall I think this book is very good. There is a lot of detail. I rate this book a 3.3. If you like detail and mystery, this book is for you.

Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book, I grew up swimming all the time and am a competitive swimmer. Reading this book made me think of the real world of swimming and how some people race just for the money and not because they are passionate about the sport. I was curious to how the characters were going to react to the situation and how they were going to handle it. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys sports and mysteries.
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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.

John Feinstein is a 1977

Other books in the series

The Sports Beat (6 books)
  • Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat, #1)
  • Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open (The Sports Beat, #2)
  • Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl (The Sports Beat, #3)
  • Change-up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat, #4)
  • The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game (The Sports Beat, #5)