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Go, Gwen, Go: A Family's Journey to Olympic Gold

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Narrated in alternating voices by mother Nancy and sister Elizabeth, Go, Gwen, Go: A Midwest Family's Journey to Olympic Gold is an inspiring story about Olympian Gwen Jorgensen and her family. This memoir introduces readers to a young woman of modest athletic achievements who uses desire and discipline to attain the ultimate in sport--the Olympic gold. Readers will enter ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published October 18th 2019 by Meyer & Meyer Media
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b.andherbooks
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wla, memoir, non-fiction
I had a mighty struggle getting through this book. I found the alternating voices of the mother and sister of Olympian Gold Medalist Gwen Jorgensen distracting and often repetitive. Why not edit these narratives together into a cohesive memoir? I especially did not care for the sister's portions, as they were full of purple prose and unnecessary personal details.

But then again, who was the intended audience for this book? I as a non-Olympian, non-athlete found myself struggling through the jargo
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Ed Sarna
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unlike most biographies of athletes, this journey to Olympic Gold is told from the point of view of the family. Coauthored by the mother and sister of Gwen Jorgensen, this memoir recounts Gwen's journey from average child athlete to becoming the first American triathlete, man or woman, to win an Olympic Gold medal. We experience Gwen's fears, failures and successes through the eyes of those who love her, and on the way glimpse the sacrifices it takes to reach the top. I would recommend this book ...more
Terri Carnell
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth and Nancy's heartfelt humor and candid commentary made me laugh, cry, get chills, and keep reading. Although I read the news and followed Gwen's journey online, it doesn't compare to the journey described in the novel.



Peggy Laz Recknagel
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Those of us who park ourselves in front of the TV during Olympic coverage do this to not only watch athletes in action, but to also hear the stories behind each athlete. Go, Gwen, Go is a wonderful mother and sister’s perspective along Gwen Jorgensen’s Olympic Gold medal journey, making it a unique treat that the public rarely gets to read in such detail. And- I felt like I was along for the ride with their family.
I loved this book!
Julie
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book truly had it all; behind the scenes for the life of an Olympian and heartfelt family storytelling. Each page excited me, and I felt like the tension from the races permeated through the pages, even though I personally had very little knowledge about the sport of triathlon. This story is truly inspirational, inspiring you to not shy away from the scariest of goals, inspiring you to see the potential in others, and inspiring you to be the best mother, sister, husband, or whatever your ro ...more
Lauren
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Mainly interesting to me because this family is from my hometown. Told in two voices which is sometimes confusing, it painted a picture of a very supportive family around a focused athlete, but the description of Gwen makes her seem cold and distant.
Leslie
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Even though I knew Gwen would win, the story telling was so exciting. Highly recommend.
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Nancy Jorgensen earned a Bachelor of Music from Alverno College and a Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A high school choir director for many years, she is the co-author of two music education books, "Things They Never Taught You in Choral Methods" and "From the Trenches: Real Insights from Real Choral Educators". She is also the author of several essays and an Olympic bl ...more

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