Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

by Aly Raisman


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Discover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games—and beyond.

Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a "mommy & me" gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she'd be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams.

Aly's road to success was full of hard work, perseverance, and victories, but not without its hardships. Aly faced many obstacles, from naysayers who said she'd never make it in gymnastics to classmates who shamed her for her athletic body to a devastating betrayal of trust. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to remain positive and believe in herself. Now, in her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games—through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between.

Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316472685
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 49,779
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Aly Raisman is a gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast who captained the U.S. team to victories in 2012 and 2016. She has won six Olympic medals overall, and was a member of two gold-medal-winning World Championships teams. A native of Needham, Massachusetts, Aly's love for the sport can be traced back to a "mommy & me" gymnastics class she took as an eighteen-month-old. Aly is a leader on and off the floor, and a fierce advocate for body positivity.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Supergirls 7

Chapter 2 Cartwheels 15

Chapter 3 The A Team 29

Chapter 4 Getting Serious 40

Chapter 5 Meet the Elite 53

Chapter 6 The Ranch 65

Chapter 7 American Dreamer 77

Chapter 8 Worlds Away 91

Chapter 9 Pressure Cooker 102

Chapter 10 First Taste of Gold 109

Chapter 11 Going Pro 122

Chapter 12 Lows and Highs 136

Chapter 13 The Fierce Five 156

Chapter 14 Golden Summer 164

Chapter 15 The Number Four 179

Chapter 16 A Gold of My Own 184

Chapter 17 The Famous Five 194

Chapter 18 Dancing Into a New Me 207

Chapter 19 Together Again 220

Chapter 20 The Return 225

Chapter 21 Body Positive 241

Chapter 22 The Survivors 248

Chapter 23 High Anxiety 261

Chapter 24 Doubt 274

Chapter 25 The Road to Rio 287

Chapter 26 All-Around Confident 304

Chapter 27 The Final Five 315

Chapter 28 A Silver Lining 323

Chapter 29 Balance 336

The Fierce Guide to Life 345

Authors Note 348

Resources for Survivors 352

Acknowledgments 353

About the Author 359

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