Finding My Shine by Nastia Liukin

Coming December 1, 2015.

… In Finding My Shine, she shares not only her personal journey of success, but also her biggest challenges, including her career ending fall during the 2012 Olympic Trials that she now says was the defining moment of her life. Throughout this book, she delivers her motivational tips toward reaching any goal, overcoming obstacles, and learning how to pick yourself up after the inevitable falls you will have in life. …


Finding Our Balance (2016) editor Lauren Hopkins has a new book coming December 15th, 2015. Gymnastics fiction.

2016… The lives of these talented, driven, extraordinary teenage girls revolve around their dreams. They trade cute boys, glittery prom dresses, and sweet sixteen parties for unrelenting coaches, sweaty leotards, and thousands of hours in the gym, all for the tiniest chance of someday becoming Olympic gymnasts. The 2016 trilogy follows Amalia, Ruby, and Emerson through heartbreak, triumph, and everything in between as their lifetime of training comes down to a single summer that will change their lives forever.

As the first book in the series, “Finding Our Balance” follows the gymnasts in the months before the Olympic Games. …

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Nastia Liukin interview

Our 2008 Olympic Champion is one busy girl. :-)

Linked via Full Twist.

College Gymnastics novel – ‘Perfect 16.0’

J is considering writing a novel based on College Gymnastics. The working title is ‘Perfect 16.0’.

Cailee Hilton is an 18-year old Level 10 gymnast and recent high school graduate. After a turbulent start to life; being raised under single mom, Amanda, Cailee has finally found the errors of her rebellious ways and has realized her dream: doing college gymnastics at a Division I school. …

After being ranked #1 in the Nation in the Preseason Coaches Poll, the team have a lot of pressure to remain consistent through the regular season and eventually, go on to try and capture the program’s first ever NCAA National Championship! Battling through several injuries and problems throughout the season, the Tigers team are nowhere near their original prowess come Nationals. After squeezing into the Super Six in sixth place, the Tigers are almost certainly ruled out of contention for the title. …

Perfect 16

Perfect 16

You could have input shaping the rest of the novel. If interested, click over to a survey page.

No Excuses: Aimee Walker-Pond

No-Excuses-Front-homepageNo Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond traces the gymnastics career of a girl born deaf and blind in one eye. Despite challenge after challenge and setback after setback, Aimee rose in the gymnastics world to compete for UCLA and BYU and at the level of International Elite — a feat no athlete with comparable disabilities has accomplished in the history of the sport.

This biography describes how Aimee overcame her health struggles, learned American Sign Language, succeeded in gymnastics, enjoyed social activities, acted in movies, traveled to Hawaii and Russia, worked hard in school, competed in college, and found romance.

Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, said, “Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.” Valorie Kondos Field, head women’s gymnastics coach at UCLA and winner of six NCAA National Championships, said, “Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”

Impact Publishing $16.95

related – No Excuses: The story of elite gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond

G.S. George – “Accelerating the Rotation”

Close your eyes while coaching tumbling. Can you hear the acceleration?


See this article excerpted from Championship Gymnastics and edited by Dwight Normile of International Gymnast Magazine.

Eileen Langsley photos 1976 – 2003

The great U.K. photographer has published a book of her best photos. Multi-sport.

Sport – My Way – A journey through the Art of Sport. Ebook, Apple iPad format £8.99.

The cover of the new book published July 2015 - 'Sport - My Way' by Eileen Langsley
The cover of the new book published July 2015 – ‘Sport – My Way’ by Eileen Langsley

(via Where Sport Meets Art)